New contract offer for Mark

Mark Haughey, left, new contract offer from Glenavon.
Mark Haughey, left, new contract offer from Glenavon.

GLENAVON will offer Mark Haughey a new contract that will make him the second highest paid player at the club.

The 22 year-old, who has already amassed 135 appearances for the Blues, is out of contract this summer and player/manager Gary Hamilton is keen to get him signed up.

However, the boss is fearful that Haughey will decide to move on to pastures new and is thus pulling out all the stops to offer him the best possible deal.

Hamilton said: “We’re going to sit down and talk to Mark this week with regards to a contract.

“You obviously hope your better players stay but Mark has been very loyal to the club and has been here for a long time.

“Sometimes players decide to move on and go to bigger clubs. That’s football and finances come into it as well.

“We’ll be making Mark a very good offer and one that would make his the second highest paid player at the club, behind Mark Farren. We’re hoping that he’ll decide to stay because he sees that things are going to get better and that we’re going to move forward.

“We want to do that next season with a full pre-season behind all of our players. The likes of Kris Lindsay, Ciaran Martyn and Mark Farren didn’t get a full pre-season last year so hopefully we can do that next season, get a few signings in and move forward.”

Hamilton is already thinking of a contingency plan should Haughey decide to move on. Teenager Jordan Dane, who starred for Northern Ireland Schoolboys in their 1-1 draw in England on Friday night, is therefore set to get another chance in the first team.

Hamilton said: “If Mark decides to move on, we’ll have to look at somebody else. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to look at Jordan between now and the end of the season because he has done well and deserves his chance.

“He was apparently the best player on the pitch for Northern Ireland last Friday night. It’s great for the club and he might get a chance next week because we need to start looking towards next season.”