Hundreds of trainers that would have ended up in the bin are bound for a new life in Mozambique.
Former Linfield defender Albert Watson rejoins Ballymena United after spells in Canada and Iceland.
Ballymena United defender Johnny Addis says the condition of the Showgrounds pitch is making it difficult for the Sky Blues to play their style of football.
Second-placed Ballymena United and champions Crusaders win to make ground on Linfield who are now three points clear at the top of the table.
Premiership leaders Linfield beat Crusaders 1-0 to stay three points clear of Ballymena United who see off Glenavon 2-0.