‘Mark’s our man’ says Distillery boss

Distillery are hoping Mark Armstrong (right) will have plenty more celebrating to do this season. Pic by John McIwaine-Press Eye.
Distillery are hoping Mark Armstrong (right) will have plenty more celebrating to do this season. Pic by John McIwaine-Press Eye.

Lisburn Distillery boss Tommy Kincaid is hoping he has found the man to fire his side up the league table.

Former Harland and Wolff Welders striker Mark Armstrong signed a deal to join the Whites on Tuesday evening, much to the delight of his new manager.

“Mark’s a very pacy, hard-working striker and hopefully he’ll be a goal-scorer for us,” Kincaid told the ‘STAR.’

The boss has every reason to pin his hopes on the striking instincts of his promising new recruit.

The forward netted 14 goals for the Welders last season, the club’s third top goal-scorer behind only top strikers Michael McLellan and David Rainey.

“Mark had indicated that he would be interested in talking to us and of course I followed that one up,” said a pleased Kincaid.

“He’s an honest young guy who told us that he was talking to other clubs but he liked what he saw at Distillery and has decided to sign for us.

“We needed to strengthen in that area and to create more competition for places. Mark’s a very good addition to the squad.”

Kincaid had spoken of his desire to add more fire-power to his squad, claiming he was keen to sign “someone who can score between 20 and 25 goals a season.” Time will tell if he has found his man, who joins late for the season after recently returning from a summer in America.

The manager had looked likely to leave the team that drew with Ballyclare untouched after an impressive performance.

However, Armstrong’s arrival could spell a change to the line-up for Saturday’s Championship One match against Larne at New Grosvenor (kick-off 3pm).

The boss said: “I’m going to have a look at things in training on Thursday night because we missed a lot of chances in that game. Mark might start the game but then again, he might start on the bench.”

Kincaid also didn’t rule out adding more new faces to his Distillery squad before the end of the transfer window.

“That’s all the players I had been talking to sorted out now but you just never know what might happen before the end of the month so we’ll see. The only thing is, if somebody comes available, I’ll probably not be the only one looking at them,” he said.