Gary Thompson has returned to the Ballymena United midfield this season after a injury. (©Presseye/Brian Little)


It was a memorable 2016/2017 season for David Jeffrey’s Ballymena United but a frustrating time for 27-year-old midfielder Gary Thompson on the sidelines through injury.

Since his return to the starting eleven, Ballymena United’s form has turned around after a slow start, however Thompson is keen to highlight it’s down to the team.

“It’s just been a coincidence about the results! I’m just glad to be back in the side, I had a lot of injuries last season didn’t play much, particularly missing out on the final two or three months of the season was tough.

“I’m fit again now and I just had to wait to get a chance, and got in a few weeks ago and luckily we’ve had a few wins and are now moving up the table”.

The Killyleagh native began his career at Linfield and had spells at Larne and Lisburn Distillery before joining Ballymena United in July 2012 under Glenn Ferguson. Thompson now believes the club have turned a corner this season.

“It was a poor start, we had a really tough start with some of the games we had but we’re starting to work hard and press teams again, maybe we had a bit of a hangover from Europe but we’re starting to look like ourselves again!”

With Glentoran up next for Thompson and his fellow Braidmen, hard work is the mantra from the United camp; “We’ve just got to keep doing what we are doing – working hard. If we play like we did against Warrenpoint, we’ll fancy ourselves against anyone, we just need to take our chances so hopefully on Saturday we can continue that and see where it goes.

Next up: Ballymena United take on Glentoran at the Showgrounds on Saturday (16 September) in the Danske Bank Premiership, kick-off:3pm.

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