McKeown on the move from Glenavon to Carrick Rangers

Gareth McKeown - on the move to Carrick Rangers.

Gareth McKeown - on the move to Carrick Rangers.

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Glenavon have agreed the transfer of Gareth McKeown to Carrick Rangers with the deal expected to be completed today.

The 32-year-old moved to the Lurgan Blues in July 2013 after a trophy winning career with Crusaders.

He scored the winning penalty to help the Shore Road club lift the Setanta Sports Cup in 2012.

“We wish Gareth all the best,” said Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton. “He was one of a number of players I brought in to change the mentality at the club.

“He had experience and most of all knew what it took to be a winner. Gareth played his part in our Irish Cup winning team and has given excellent service to Glenavon since he has been with us.

“We were not seeking to let him go, but he approached us a few weeks ago to seek a move that would help him play regular first team football.

“At his age I can fully understand his reasons. He is trying to get in ahead of young players here like Rhys Marshall and that is going to be difficult.”

Gareth was full of praise for the Lurgan club.

“I wish Glenavon all the best in their campaign this year and for the future,” said Gareth. “I made a lot of good friends about the place and unfortunately things just didn’t work out for me at the club and at my age I need to be getting game time. It’s a club that’s going places and I wish them well.”