English Premier League side Crystal Palace have announced the signing of Kofi Balmer from Larne F.C.
The 21-year-old defender has signed a one-year deal with the club after joining from NIFL Premiership side Larne.
He made over 40 appearances across all competitions in their successful 2021/22 campaign, which saw them secure a Europa Conference League play-off spot.
Balmer was named after late United Nations (UN) chief, Kofi Annan who died in 2018. Annan was a Ghanaian diplomat who served as UN Secretary-General from 1997 to 2006.
“He fits the profile of young, hungry and talented players that we want at the club and he has already amassed a wealth of experience in Northern Ireland for both Larne and Ballymena.
“He joins a talented U21s squad and will provide stiff competition in the defensive area of the team.”
Credit: Crystal Palace