New coach Niall on board

Gary Hamilton with new coach Niall Donnelly.

Gary Hamilton with new coach Niall Donnelly.

Glenavon’s new coach got his first game under his belt on Saturday with the friendly in Dublin.

Niall Donnelly was appointed last Thursday night by manager Gary Hamilton.

The 33-year-old coached Shamrock Rovers U19 team and holds a UEFA B Licence.

A towering 6’ 5” central defender, Niall played for UCD, Limerick, Bray Wanderers, Athlone Town and Drogheda United.

“It has been a hectic three weeks,” said Niall. “The offer came out of the blue through Tony Grant and Dean Fitzgerald. It is a great opportunity to work in the Irish League with a top team like Glenavon.

“I have had a few sessions with the players, but I can’t wait to get working with the full squad. At this time of the year players are away on holidays, but I’m very impressed with what I have seen so far.

“There are a number of young players with great potential which is important for any club.”