Mitchell joins Larne after leaving Burnley
Goalkeeper Conor Mitchell has joined NIFL Premiership club Larne on a free transfer following his departure from Burnley.
The Northern Ireland Under-21 international came through the ranks at Turf Moor but never made a first-team appearance, although he did spend time on loan at both St Johnstone and Linfield last season.
The 23-year-old was informed by Clarets boss Sean Dyche that his contract would not be renewed this summer, but he has not had to wait long to find a new club, as he has joined a Larne team that earned promotion back to the top flight in Northern Ireland last season.
Mitchell admits he faced a worrying time after leaving Burnley, as he did not have another club lined up, but he is happy to have now got his future sorted out.
"It's been a strange period for me, the first of my career where I was a free agent," Mitchell told the Larne website.
"I knew I wasn't going to be at Burnley anymore and had a few options on the table, but spoke to Tiernan [Lynch, Larne manager] and was really drawn into this project - and the pull of full-time football was a big thing."
Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.