Portadown Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Dougie Wilson from Ballymena United for an undisclosed fee.

The 29 year old began his professional career with Hull City at the age of 17, going on to make his first team debut against Leyton Orient in the FA Cup in 2013 before having a loan spell at Grimsby Town.

The Markethill native would return to Northern Ireland with Dungannon Swifts in 2014, winning the League Cup in 2018, before making the move to the Showgrounds and Ballymena United in 2021.

The defender has been capped by Northern Ireland at junior levels ranging from under-17 to under-21 and was part of the Ballymena United side who were defeated by Crusaders in the Irish Cup Final in May.

Wilson will be no stranger to those in the Portadown dressing room having played with Paul McElroy and Ross Redman at Ballymena United as well as Ryan Mayse and Caolin Coyle at Dungannon Swifts.

On the move to Shamrock Park, Wilson commented

I’m delighted to sign for Portadown, hearing the plans that Niall has for the place made it a easy decision to come here. Portadown are a massive club with great fans and I’m looking forward to getting in and starting pre season.

Portadown manager Niall Currie added

We’re over the moon to get Douglas, he’s another home town player who has captained teams and knows what our club is all about.

He has spent 10 years playing at the highest level and we have pushed for him strong because I know he wants to play for his hometown club and am well aware of the leadership and quality he brings, he’s just turned 29 so we all hope that he will finish his career at his hometown club.