Goalkeeper Connolly signs one year deal with Lurgan Blues

John Connolly who has joined Glenavonl.
John Connolly who has joined Glenavonl.

FORMER Cliftonville goalkeeper John Connolly has signed a one year deal with for Glenavon.

The 34 year-old was released by the champions when his contract expired earlier this summer.

Connolly, who made 261 appearances for Cliftonville before spending last season on loan at relegated Donegal Celtic, made a guest appearance for Glenavon during Saturday’s 8-1 win over Downshire YM and on Tuesday night.

Coach Nigel Law says Connolly isn’t being brought in simply as a number two keeper.

“John is experienced, fit, fresh and wants to play football too so he ticks all the boxes for us,” Nigel told the Mail.

“He did wonders for DC last year. He’s now come in with us and trained very well with Reggie Hillen our goalkeeping coach.

“He’s not coming in here as a back-up to Andy Coleman. He’ll push Andy all the way for the number one jersey.”

Connolly said after agreeing terms following the friendly at Dergview on Tuesday night.

“I am really looking forward to getting started with Glenavon and look forward to challenging for the first team.” Goals from Andrew Mitchell, Ciaran Martyn and Mark Farren sealed a 3-2 win at Dergview for the Blues.

Meanwhile, contrary to reports at the club’s AGM, former Larne and Linfield goalkeeper Brian Neeson has not signed for the club.