Glenavon and Cliftonville completed a deal today that sees Tiarnan Mulvenna move to the champions and Ciaran Caldwell join the Lurgan Blues.
Ironically the sides face each other at Solitude on Saturday.
Mulvenna, joined Glenavon in January from Dundalk while Ciaran Mulvenna has been with Cliftonville since he moved from Donegal Celtic in the summer of 2009.
Caldwell has won two Premiership medals with the Reds and enjoyed League Cup and County Antrim Shield success during his 161 appearances. The 24-year-old joins Glenavon on a two year contract.
“I have been after Ciaran for the past two and a half years so I am delighted he has joined Glenavon,” said manager Gary Hamilton. “While I am thrilled at his arrival it has meant we let Tiarnan go. He has been fantastic for us since he joined us and was a member of the Irish Cup winning team. However, I had to make a decision which would be best for the club and at this point in time I felt we needed a centre midfielder more than a striker.
“Tiarnan is a great lad and it is a great move for him. His family are Cliftonville fans and he used to go and watch them when he was not playing in the League of Ireland.
“Glentoran were also keen to sign Ciaran so we are pleased to see him come here. He is a goalscoring midfielder and will be an asset to Glenavon as we only have one other goalscoring midfielder in Ciaran Martyn.
“Once Tommy Breslin said he would be keen for a player swap it gave us a chance to move in and complete terms with Ciarnan. He is a player who can have a long future with Glenavon,” added Hamilton.
Ciaran will have to sit out Glenavon’s trip to Solitude on Saturday as the deal did not go through in time.