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Jackie Burns makes her debut for NI Ladies
Jackie Burns makes her debut for NI Ladies
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PREMIERSHIP star Jamie Tomelty will make a dramatic return to his home club afterleaving Coleraine for Coagh United.

The Cookstown man will bring a wealth of experience and attacking flair to Coagh’s upcoming Championship 2 campaign and is targeting a big season with the Hagan Park outfit.

“We are well able of finishing in the top five, but it would be great to win the league,” Jamie told the MAIL.

“A good run in the Irish Cup would be fantastic and perhaps a wee win in one of the other cups. I’ve played in five Bob Radcliffe Cup finals for Coagh and have only won one, so that would be a big lift for the club if we could bring that one home.

“It’ll be a tough season, but Coagh have some of the best facilities and certainly one of the best managers in NI - a proper gentleman.

“He has talked about allowing me to express myself more than I was allowed to in the Premiership. It has become very defensive and there is a lot of pressure put on players to get the right results.”

Tomelty said that it was pressure of travel that had made his decision to return to his roots after playing for Dungannon Swifts, Linfield, Portadown and Coleraine.

“I’ve been away six years, but i absolutely love the club. Honestly, I could have played in the Premiership again this year but the training and travel is just relentless.

“The other side is the social aspect of playing within a team. At Coagh all the players interact off the pitch and that is very different to the other clubs that I’ve been at.”

Jamie was a January signing for the Bannsiders from Portadown and played 15 times. He had been expected to play a major part in the coming season. “Unfortunately, Jamie doesn’t feel his body is up to the rigours of another season at Premiership level,” Oran Kearney explained. “I appreciate his honesty... It says a lot for the type of person that he is and although we’re disappointed to see him leave, we thank him for his efforts in the second half of last season and wish him all the best for his future at Coagh United.”