James Singleton took another significant step forward along his road to recovery with a spot on both the teamsheet and scoresheet in Saturday’s friendly win.
Today (Thursday) marks a full year since the Glenavon prospect suffered a broken leg on international duty with Northern Ireland under 21s.
He continued his comeback last weekend by helping Glenavon home in a 4-2 defeat of Banbridge Town - with manager Gary Hamilton delighted at Singleton’s progress.
“He still has a way to go to get back that sharpness so vital to his game but has come on so well and could be back in a much shorter space of time than some felt possible,” said Hamilton. “James’ game is about making tackles and showing that energy on the pitch so we must be patient and understand that cannot happen overnight.
“It all takes time but with every game James can take another step forward and you could see the benefits from Saturday’s friendly.
“It comes down to how many minutes we can get James now but I would expect more progress over the next four or five games.
“Now it is about James getting the most of his appearances by clocking up the miles as much as possible for the under 20s and other fixtures.
“We must also be responsible in how we handle his return as pushing James at the wrong stage could knock everything back.
“However, it would be great to have him close to that sharpness this side of Christmas then he can push on over the second half of the season.”