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Nul and joyed

Damien McNulty has enjoyed a first week’s training in his new surroundings and is already counting down the days until Cliftonville’s return to Europe.

The Reds have been put through their paces in a host of sessions in recent days and McNulty – the former Limavady United, Coleraine and Finn Harps defender, who joined from Carrick Rangers last month – is settling in well ahead of the Club’s forthcoming continental commitments.

“It was enjoyable meeting all the lads, they’re a sound bunch and we’re all just looking forward to pre-season,” says the 27-year-old.

“As well as knowing Ruairi Harkin, I know Ryan Curran through playing at Finn Harps and Chris Curran and Liam Bagnall. It’s nervous coming in the first night but I really enjoyed it and all the lads were more than welcoming.”

Having been linked with a move to Cliftonville in January, McNulty is pleased to finally be on board at Solitude.

“I spoke to Barry Gray before I even signed with Carrick,” he recalls. “I left Finn Harps and I had six months with Carrick and was made captain after a few games. I really, really enjoyed my time there and I’d like to thank David McAlinden for that.

“I spoke to Barry again in the off-season and I’m glad I’ve signed now. It’s a great Club with great traditions and hopefully we’ve a successful few years ahead.”

On next month’s Europa League prospects, he concludes: “It’s where you want to be – playing the top teams in Europe, hopefully we can get a good draw and get a good win for the Club. It’s one of those things and we’ll just take it as it comes.”