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Cliftonville Football Club are delighted to announce that Chris Curran has this evening committed his future to the Club by penning a new long-term contract.

The 26-year-old – who has scored 26 goals in 169 appearances since moving to Solitude from Ballinamallard United in the summer of 2013 – has been a stand-out performer so far this season and marked the milestone of his 150th outing by finding the net in the League Cup defeat of Banbridge Town in August.

Having collected one Danske Bank Premiership title, three League Cup honours and a County Antrim Shield medal during his time with the Reds, signing the former Manchester United starlet on a new deal has been described as “a great boost” by Manager Barry Gray.

“Nobody needs me to tell them what Chris Curran brings to Cliftonville,” he explained.

“He’s been a key player for us and will continue to be a key player going forward. We’ve played him in a number of positions out of necessity and he’s always given us everything he’s got, but I’d be hopeful that, if we can get strengthened up and reinforced in the centre of midfield, we can get even more out of Chris.

“Getting him on a new contract was a key target for us, especially coming into January, but the most important aspect is that Chris wants to stay and doesn’t want to go anywhere else. He’s had good times at Cliftonville and believes he can have more of them here… plus, on a personal level, I’m delighted he doesn’t want to leave after having to stick me for the last six months! It’s a great boost to everyone at the Club and I’m sure our supporters and his team-mates will be very happy.”