Linfield pair McAllister and Lowry sign new contracts

Mark McAllister
Mark McAllister joined Linfield from Dungannon Swifts in 2009

Linfield striker Mark McAllister and midfielder Philip Lowry have signed two-year contract extensions with the Premiership champions.

The new deals will will keep the pair at Windsor Park until 2014.

"In the dealings we had with the players, both made it clear that they didn't want to be anywhere else," said Blues boss David Jeffrey.

Meanwhile, Cliftonville keeper John Connolly has agreed a new two-year deal with the Solitude club.

Connolly signed for the Reds in the summer of 2006 and has established himself at the club's regular custodian.

He missed the closing stages of the 2010/11 season because of a knee injury but recently underwent successful surgery and should be back in action in the coming months.

Linfield boss Jeffrey made clear his delight at securing McAllister and Lowry for two more seasons.

"At the club we are looking at things short term, medium term and longer term," Jeffrey told the club website.

"Certainly, Philip and Mark would fall into the category where given their ages and the contributions they have already made at the club, I would expect and hope that they will form part of the squad for several years.

"The contracts fit within the budgetary structure at the club. We have to be continually mindful of the wage cap as we look ahead and put foundations in place."

Northern Ireland goalkeeper Alan Blayney signed a two-year entension to his Linfield contract on Saturday.