Larne sign English defender Altintop from Braintree

Larne have signed English defender Baris Altintop after he was released by National League side Braintree Town.

The 23-year old made 47 appearances for Braintree last season, captaining the side to promotion from the National League South.

He was a trialist in Larne's 2-1 friendly win against Bala Town at Inver Park at the weekend.

Altintop becomes the Inver outfit's second summer signing after the arrival of Conor McKendry.

"He is a lad we brought in to have a look at," Larne manager Tiernan Lynch told BBC Sport NI.

"We didn't know a huge amount lot about him, obviously we have been quite thin on centre backs, and we were looking to bring someone in with a profile which he has now filled."

Lynch added: "He played on Saturday and did very well, he has a real winning mentality and works very hard. He had two or three offers back in England but decided to make Larne his destination."