Portadown's Tim Mouncey to miss opening two months of season

Tim Mouncey

Portadown's Tim Mouncey will miss the opening two months of the season after having his appendix removed.

Mouncey, who signed for the Ports in May 2008, missed much of the 2011/12 campaign because of a knee injury.

The Ports begin their league campaign with an encounter against Linfield at Shamrock Park on Saturday.

Portadown's main close-season signings have been Emmett Friars and Pete McMahon while Matthew Paget is also nearing full fitness after injury.

Manager Ronnie McFall will also hope that Gary Twigg can regain the prolific goal-scoring form he produced for Shamrock Rovers.

Twigg made his Portadown debut in January but has yet to make his anticipated impact in the Irish League.

The Ports have also signed former Lisburn Distillery goalkeeper Billy Brennan while there have been several departures from the club.

Richard Lecky, Brian Gartland, Jamie McArdle, Andrew Burns, Joe McNeill, Aaron Burns, Ryan Burns, Mark Patton and Michael McLellan all left in April's clear-out.

Long-serving Ports midfielder Richard Clarke was also appointed player-manager of Championship One club Dergview over the summer.