Kofi Balmer has signed for Ballymena United on a three year contract after impressing since his senior debut at the end of last season. The central defender, having just turned 17, had been making waves in the development team last season and has taken those performances into the first team in recent weeks.
Manager David Jeffrey says “he is exactly the type of young person and footballer that we want to build the club around. In terms of his development he has played consistently well and credit must be paid to our development staff and Bryan McLoughlin. Thinking back to his debut against Coleraine and scoring the goal that set us en route to European football, we have continued to monitor his progress and today marks a significant milestone for him. We met with Kofi and his parents and it was the easiest piece of business to conduct – Kofi wants to give his best to Ballymena United and he is an absolute credit to himself, his family and this club.”
Kofi responded to the manager’s comments, “to be standing here at 17 years of age it could be overwhelming to be talking about signing a 3 year contract but genuinely, everything this season has been about keeping my head down and keeping my contribution up to constant standard and progressing in my football. It is great to be able to commit to Ballymena United and I’ll take this step as I have every other since making my debut against Coleraine, by taking every opportunity to work with the staff and squad to develop as a player.
I’m looking forward to being a key part of Ballymena United playing at the top levels in this league. Ultimately I want to win things at Ballymena and would love to then progress into full time football across the water and so how I play and develop here over the next few years will be of benefit not just to me but hopefully the club too.”
Ballyclare Secondary School are proud to be Kofi’s shirt sponsor this season.