NEW DEALS FOR TRIO

Rhys Marshall - new two year contract.
Rhys Marshall - new two year contract.

Glenavon trio Rhys Marshall, James Singleton and Andy McGrory have agreed new two year deals at Mourneview Park.

Manager Gary Hamilton confirmed the new contracts this week as he begins planning ahead for next season.

“We are working as hard off the field as on it,” said Hamilton. “I am delighted to get Rhys, Andy and James on two year contracts. They fully deserve it and young players like them are the platform of the club.”

Having qualified for the Irish Cup final, Hamilton has the luxury of giving his young players a good run in the team in the remaining league games including the trip to Portadown on Saturday.

“From now until the end of the season we can go out and enjoy our games in the league and again it is an opportunity and platform to let players show me they want to be at this football club,” said Gary.

“We are planning for next season and the players who play from here on in will get opportunities to be in the first team squad next season. For the younger players if they keep performing the way they did against Glentoran then they will be part of our plans. We want to see more coming through like Rhys, James and Robbie McDaid.

“Portadown need to win the game as they are trying to secure a place in Europe by finishing third, but we want to win it too.

“It’s a derby game and we have won three already but it would be nice to complete the full set.

“No matter what team we put out, more than anything I expect them to go out and fight and compete. I want winners, people who want to go out and win games of football. I know they will not always be able to do that, but as long as I see the fight and will to win that is enough for me.

“It will not be easy against Portadown, it has not been easy what we have already done this year, but hopefully we can make it four wins over our close neighbours.”