At an EGM of Larne Football Club tonight, the members voted overwhelmingly to accept a proposal put forward by Mr Kenny Bruce.

The proposal will see a substantial investment by Mr Bruce, with a new Limited Company formed to oversee the running of the club.

Gareth Clements will become chairman of the new board, while previous, long serving chairman Archie Smyth will assume the role of secretary.

Archie Smyth commented: “This is fantastic opportunity not only for Larne Football Club, but for the town of Larne itself.

“There is no doubt that Kenny has fantastic plans for the club and the ability to deliver them. He has already demonstrated his commitment to the club.

“I am delighted the members of the club have recognised this and voted accordingly.

"I am happy to stay on in whatever capacity will be helpful to the club.”

As part of the accepting the proposal, the new board have agreed to share a document that outlines the vision for the commercial and football side of the club, within the next 90 days.

Kenny Bruce commented: “I really do believe that if we work together we are on the verge of something fantastic. As part of the strategy for the commercial side of the club we are looking to appoint a full time paid Commercial Director to oversee the commercial elements of the club for the board of directors.

“As we discussed the way forward, I spent three successful days in New York, with our new chairman Gareth Clements, some of the board members and our first team manager Tiernan Lynch.

“This gave us an opportunity to deliver a framework document which the members wholly endorsed.

“The document will provide the foundation of our vision of the commercial and football side of the club.

“I am excited to be working alongside the board, Tiernan and coaching staff as we prepare to implement our plans.”

New chairman Gareth Clements also spoke of his delight, adding: “We believe this is an exciting time for Larne Football Club.

“In the short term, our aim is increase levels of professionalism throughout the club, from the board room to the dressing room.

“We also want to get the product right on the pitch, start winning games of football and ultimately climbing the table.

“As well as this we are continuing to work very closely with Larne Youth, to establish a working agreement that will ultimately see them come under the umbrella of the football club.

“We feel this will afford the youth of the town the opportunity to progress from junior to senior football with their home town club, which is really important to us.”

The club are currently working towards hosting a fan engagement evening in October, where we will provide details of our plans.

This will be followed by an evening to engage with the local business community, sharing our desire of how a successful football club can help he whole town to thrive.

Details of these events will be confirmed in due course.

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