Law’s delight at Bates deal

Guy Bates. Pic by John McVitty.
Guy Bates. Pic by John McVitty.

Guy Bates last night agreed a two-year deal with Glenavon - bringing to a close speculation over the highly-rated striker’s future.

Nigel Law confirmed to the ‘MAIL’ this week that recent talks between Bates and the striker proved positive, with manager Gary Hamilton holding a final discussion on Wednesday following his return from holiday.

“We are delighted that everything is now wrapped up,” said Law. “With the possibility of maybe bringing in one other player or so, to add depth to the defensive positions, that is the close of our business in the market.

“We are delighted with the attacking options now Guy is staying and with the addition of Eoin Bradley, plus Adam Foley’s recovery from injury.

“We are also happy with the midfield situation and will continue to integrate young players into the squad across the different areas.

“We would like some additional experience for the centre-back spots and, maybe, for full-back but would certainly consider the squad very close to where we want it.”

Glenavon’s focus will now turn to European preparations and Law admits the short turnaround between winning the Irish Cup and returning to pre-season in advance of summer football increased the importance of quickfire contract negotiations.

“Guy’s decision to stay is very pleasing from the viewpoint as well that he obviously comes back for pre-season ready to go, rather than as a signing new to the club,” said Law. “We have Eoin and Alan Blayney coming in as fresh signings but everyone else can slip back into the routine and that will help our preparations due to the short timespan.

“I think the fact that we have added one or two rather than changing the squad dramatically is a positive sign in terms of the direction of the club.

“It shows the trust we have in the players and how those players are content at Glenavon.”