Airdrie snap up highly-rated Irish striker

Airdrie boss Rhys McCabe has strengthened further with the signing of Northern Irish striker Ben Wilson
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Airdrie have confirmed the signing of Northern Irish striker Ben Wilson, once his contract at Cliftonville expires on Monday.

The 22-year-old began his career at Coleraine and had a spell at Brighton, before returning to Cliftonville.

Cliftonville wanted to keep him, but Wilson wanted a crack at Scottish football.

He told Airdrie's website: "I'm happy to be here, I had a good first training session and met all the boys, and it has been good.

"I'm buzzing to be here, and looking forward to getting going. I had a good season so I just want to build on that again.

"I want to play as many games as I can and hopefully the goals will come along as well.

"The club finished fourth last season, so as a collective, everybody wants to finish a bit higher and I'll just try to play my part in that and we'll se what happens."

Boss Rhys McCabe said: "We have been monitoring Ben for a large period of time. We knew he had interest from some big clubs in England and Scotland, so to get it over the line and get him in is credit to the guys who have put the hard work in.

"He's a natural finisher, his numbers speak for themselves, in terms of what he brings. He has really clever movement and that predatory instinct in the box.

"He should thrive in our system with the creativity that we're looking to play for."

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