Singleton and Marshall agree contract extensions

James Singleton
James Singleton

James Singleton.

Both Rhys Marshall and James Singleton agreed new deals as manager Gary Hamiltonplans for the future.

“It’s a massive boost to have James for another three years and Rhys for another two,” said Hamilton.

“They have been two tremendous players for us. They were good last year but the second season can sometimes be the hardest for players at that age, but they have deserved it. This is the future for Glenavon.

“I think long term James Singleton can play centre midfield for us. Not now, or next season, but in the future he has the potential to be the next Shane McCabe.

“Rhys has scored nine goals for us this season, that is a big plus to have a defender score so many goals. He has had a steady season and can only continue to get better.”

The manager also sees Mark Sykes and Andrew Drylie as young players who will emerge into regular first team players.

“Both Mark and Andrew are the next two in line. We will get them a game or two before the end of the season.

“It is crucial we get the younger players coming through. We have players like William Murphy, Kris Lindsay, Kyle Neill and Ciaran Martyn who are getting older and maybe not this season but their careers will end soon so where do you go to replace them?

“If we are to do that by looking throughout the league then we cannot afford to do that. We have to give the younger lads a chance and see of they can make an impact.”