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Murray trialling for SPL strugglers Inverness

Top striker Darren 'Doozle' Murray was a wanted man by both Portadown and Cliftonville

AFTER Portadown and Cliftonville’s tug-of-war over Darren Murray, the red-hot striker could end up being snapped up by Inverness CT.

Murray is on a week’s trial at the Scottish Premiership club after they contacted Portadown last Thursday.

Ports boss Ronnie McFall gave the New Lodge Road man the green light to go over for a five-day trial but is expecting him back for Saturday’s trip to Ballinamallard United.

Speaking from Inverness last night, Murray said: “Inverness rang Portadown last Thursday and asked the club if I could come over Monday to Friday. They’re crying out for a striker so hopefully something comes of it.

“I want to get the head down and have a crack at it. I didn’t have a lot of time to think about it, which was good.”

Murray added: “We were training this morning for two hours and I felt great. It’s a lot quicker than what we play but you’d get up to speed the longer you’re here. I think if I had a month over here I’d be flying.

“I played in a training match and I did well.”

Last Friday, Murray withdrew his transfer request after urging Portadown to allow him to leave for Cliftonville.

However, McFall told the Reds his striker was not for sale and after a long stand-off, Murray decided to stay at Shamrock Park.

“I was dwelling on it and I just needed to get things sorted,” Murray said.

“At the end of the day I just want to score goals. I knew I was going to be playing football, and Ronnie has been good to me.

“You’ll always get a handful of [Portadown] supporters against you, but if I keep scoring goals they’ll get behind you.”

Meanwhile, a top banker elected as the new chairman of the Irish Football Association is hoping his commercial experience can help deliver results on and off the pitch.

Gerry Mallon, chief executive of Danske Bank UK, said he felt privileged to take on the role with the IFA. Mallon was first appointed to the IFA's board as an independent non-executive director last year.

"As someone who is passionate about football, I feel very privileged to be taking on this position at such an exciting time in the IFA's history, both on and off the pitch," Mallon said.

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