Happy with new signings

COACH Nigel Law is happy with Glenavon’s business in the transfer window so far.

Mark Farren and Matt Rooney have both joined the club from Derry City while former Glentoran midfielder Grant Gardiner signed an amateur contract last week.

Gardiner had been on trial at Mourneview Park in the summer but turned down the chance to join. However, having failed to find another club in the first half of the season, the midfielder opted to take up Glenavon’s offer and made his debut as a first half substitute against Ballinamallard on Saturday.

Law was happy with his performance and optimistic as to what he could add to the squad.

He said: “I worked with Grant at Glentoran. He hasn’t played a game since July. The last time he played was when he was on trial with us against Millwall. For him to come on and play 70 minutes at the level that he did shows what Grant is all about.

“He’s a great athlete and his left foot is superb. He showed his quality on the ball on Saturday.”

Matt Rooney also made his debut on Saturday afternoon, coming on late in the game and Law is also looking forward to seeing him getting into his stride at the club.

“Young Matt Rooney did well,” he said. “He came to our attention through Eddie (McCallion) and Mark (Farren). I don’t think he played too much at Derry City because of a bad injury but he’s a player that we’re looking to develop and integrate into our way of playing.

“We really think he’s someone who can add a lot to the squad. We’ve done three good pieces of business in this window.”