bradley back in fold

Eoin Bradley - back for trip to Crusaders
Eoin Bradley - back for trip to Crusaders

Eoin Bradley returns to the Glenavon line-up for the difficult trip to Seaview on Saturday.

However, manager Gary Hamilton, Kris Lindsay, Kyle Neill and Ciaran Martyn will not be risked on the 3G surface.

“Eoin returns from his holiday and it is good to have him back,” said Hamilton.

“Seaview has been a tough place for us to get a result but we did very well down there last season with a 2-2 draw.

“We played a 4-4-2 on that occasion and we will go with the same plan and hope things go our way.

“Crusaders are a solid, strong and a very difficult team to beat and they have made a good start to the season. It is no surprise to see them making a challenge for the title.”

In August the sides finished 2-2 at Mourneview Park, Glenavon denied a win by a spectacular strike from Jordan Owens.

From a tactical point of view there is no doubt the departure of Guy Bates is a massive loss to Glenavon.

“It was a huge blow losing Guy,” added Gary. “It’s hard to replace a player like that any time never mind at short notice. At one point we had plenty of strikers and had we known Guy was going so soon then we would not have let Tiarnan Mulvenna go.

“We brought Darren (Forsyth) in and he will get his chance. Even when the window does open in January you are not always going to get the quality player you want.

“Right now all we can do is work even harder. The good thing is we are creating chances which is always encouraging.”

Conor Dillon returns from his one match suspension for this testing challenge against Stephen Baxter’s side.