Elebert agrees deal with Lurgan Blues

David Elebert who joined Glenavon on Tuesday night.

David Elebert who joined Glenavon on Tuesday night.

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Glenavon completed the signing of David Elebert on Tuesday night following the game at Coleraine.

The 28-year-old centre half agreed an 18 month contract with Blues boss Gary Hamilton who is thrilled to snap up a player of David’s quality and experience.

“David has played over 100 games in the Scottish Premier League and after a couple of short spells at Shamrock Rovers and Derry City he wants to prove he still has a lot to offer,” said Hamilton.

“Since he came back from full-time football he has been unlucky with a change of manger at both Rovers and City.

“If you want to improve the team and keep moving forward this is the type of player we want to sign. If you look at the impact Marc Smyth has had at Cliftonville since he came back from playing in Scotland it shows what that kind of quality can do.

“David feels he needs four 90 minute games to get his fitness levels up so we don’t expect him to make his first team debut for a few weeks, but we will see how things go.

“At centre back, midfield and up front you need to have four players who can fill those positions.”

Dublin born Elebert started his career at Preston before going on loan and playing 12 games at Scarborough.

He joined Hamilton in 2006 and played 135 games for the Accies followed by a short spell with Icelandic club Fylkir.

He returned to Dublin and joined Shamrock Rovers and then Derry City.

The Lurgan Blues host team of the moment Warrenpoint on Saturday who according to Gary Hamilton are ‘flying’ at the minute.

Not so long ago Barry Gray’s side were rock bottom, but a superb run has seen them lift themselves out of the relegation zone and they recorded their biggest win since coming into the Premiership last week with a 7-0 thrashing of Ballinamallard United.

“They have only lost one of the last eight league games and are flying at the minute,” says Hamilton. “They are a dangerous side who have pace and counter very quickly. It’s another big challenge for us but one we are capable of meeting. Our home form could be better, but we have won the last two league games and hopefully we can make it three in a row.”