Adam had to put work first as he says farewell to Blues

Adam Foley in action against Leeds United.
Adam Foley in action against Leeds United.

Adam Foley has left Glenavon, but the door remains open on a return, says manager Gary Hamilton.

The winger had a torrid time with injury and spent most of the past 18 months on the sidelines.

However, Hamilton is hoping the former Republic of Ireland junior and amateur international will recapture his form and regain his hunger for the game with regular football closer to his Dublin home.

Despite the lows, Adam says his time with Glenavon is something he will never forget and has praised the club in the matter in which they made him feel welcome.

“Each time I came up the boys made me feel at home, Gary, Nigel, Windy (Paul Millar) and Blackie were all brilliant with me and I got along with them all,” said Adam.

“The girls in the club, I can’t thank them enough and they deserve more than just praise. The chairman, secretary, president were all brilliant to me since day one.

“To the the lads, we have a lot of memories, the trips away and nights out - moments will last me a lifetime. Cup final day stands out as the best time I’ve ever been apart of in football.

“Also to the fans, they didn’t even see me play, but yet they knew me and would ask me how I was throughout the season when I was injured and even though they don’t know it, it helped me so much. So I can’t thank them enough. They all deserve great times at the club and Gary is the right man to bring it to them. I wish everyone the very best.

“Leaving was hard, it was a decision I had to make for myself really. I’m back working now and that needs to come first. I plan on going to college and keeping involved in football in some capacity,” added Adam.

“Places were limited in the squad after my injury so it was tough to get back in after all the hard work I put in and work was also getting in the way with me trying to come up.

“I was travelling up to play reserves every week to get me back involved after such a long time out and Pete Batey and the boys were brilliant with me, they made me enjoy football again, which I thought I lost that feeling after some tough moments.

“ After I did my cruciate I had the worst year ever, mostly mentally. I was jobless plus couldn’t play football. Eventually I went rehab mad trying to get back and I started enjoying myself again.

“Playing against Leeds was a dream after so long out. I’ve had a few clubs ringing me but just haven’t made up my mind yet. However, I’ll be up cheering Glenavon on in the future.”