Former Cliftonville striker Jay Donnelly has signed for Irish Cup winners Glentoran.
The 25-year-old served a three-month jail sentence final 12 months, starting in April, for distributing an indecent picture of a kid.
He was charged by the Irish FA with bringing the sport into disrepute and suspended from enjoying soccer till 1 September 2019.
The Reds sacked Donnelly after he was given his jail sentence.
Donnelly admitted a cost of distributing an indecent picture of a kid in November 2018 and was sentenced to 4 months in jail in January 2019.
His unique sentence was lowered by an attraction choose to a few months.
The ahead will likely be instantly loaned out to Ballymena Intermediate League facet Belfast Celtic, who he joined in January.
Donnelly will likely be becoming a member of his brother Rory on the Oval, with the brothers having additionally performed collectively at Cliftonville.
“Glentoran Soccer membership believes that everybody deserves an opportunity to place errors behind them and Jay Donnelly isn’t any completely different,” mentioned the Oval membership in an announcement.
“The membership acknowledges that he has each paid and atoned for his previous errors and deserves the chance to rebuild his life and soccer profession.
“We stay up for him making a optimistic contribution to the membership, and to giving our supporters additional motive to see the approaching season as considered one of nice alternative for Glentoran.”
The Glentoran assertion mentioned hypothesis surrounding Donnellly’s signing prior to now week “has prompted debate inside our supporter base” however supervisor Mick Dermott appealed to the membership’s followers to “belief and again my judgement”.
“I am additionally conscious of the incidents in his current previous and his regret for them. I’ve made a judgement name right here and I ask the Glentoran help to belief and again my judgement on this signing,” mentioned McDermott.
The Glens lifted the Irish Cup with an extra-time win over Ballymena United within the ultimate on the finish of July.