Kearns hits the ground running

Daniel Kearns (left) celebrates finding the net for Glenavon on Saturday. Also included is hat-trick hero Declan O'Brien. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Daniel Kearns (left) celebrates finding the net for Glenavon on Saturday. Also included is hat-trick hero Declan O'Brien. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
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Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton has a message for the club’s supporters - enjoy Daniel Kearns while you can!

Kearns proved in superb form during last weekend’s 5-1 defeat of Ballinamallard United and has attracted widespread praise since arriving last month at Mourneview Park.

Hamilton accepts Kearns’ spell in Glenavon blue may prove a short-term situation but views the deal as beneficial to the player and club.

“He is a top player and you only have to see the reaction from other players around the game to see how highly he is viewed,” said Hamilton. “It was great for him to get off the mark in the league last weekend but he has looked good since arriving at the club.

“He has unbelievable natural ability but also brings with it a great work-rate and excellent attitude.

“We accept that, long-term, he will probably not be at Glenavon but it is about making the best use of his ability for as long as we can.

“Daniel will make us a better team and we can help him get minutes on the pitch.

“We will see what happens down the line but, at the minute, we are just pleased with his performances and you can see in Daniel’s football how happy he is at Glenavon.”

Glenavon’s five-star display to see off Ballinamallard, one of the division’s form teams, offers a confidence boost ahead of a date with Dungannon Swifts. The derby trip is traditionally a tough test for Glenavon.

“We have a terrible record against Dungannon,” said Hamilton. “Saturday will be about going in with the right attitude.

“We must be at our best.”

Kick-off will be 3 o’clock on Saturday.