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3 January 2013

Gas sign defender on short term contract

Rovers have today signed Northern Irish defender Mark McChrystal.

The 28-year-old was released by Tranmer Rovers and joins us on a short term deal until June 30th.

Manager John Ward said: “I worked with Mark when he was a young player at Wolverhampton Wanderers, so I know a bit about his character, and I have followed his career from afar.

“The timing was great because Mark became available as Cian Bolger had to return to his parent club.

“He is an experienced player now and he will add strength, power and knowledge to our back line.

“Also, while he was at Scunthorpe United he played in front of Steve Mildenhall, so there is an understanding between them.

“Mark is a typical centre half who will defend and head the ball, and wears his heart on his sleeve. 

“He is ready to play for the cause, and even though he is only here for the short term, he knows that if everything goes well it could turn into something longer.”

The former Northern Ireland U21 captain began his career at Wolverhampton Wanderers, but following a loan spell at Bradford, he was released by Wolves and went on to sign for his home town club Derry City.

At the start of 2007 he moved to Partick Thistle, where he became a regular for the rest of the season.

At the start of the 2007/08 season he returned to Derry, where he spent two year before joining Lisburn Distillery on a short term contract.

He then went on to play a third spell for Derry, this time helping them back into the Premier Division as First Division Champions.

In January 2011 he joined Tranmere Rovers on a six month contract, before signing a further two year deal at the end of the season.

In November he joined Scunthorpe on a month long deal.

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