As Gary Hamilton continues his planning for the 2015-16 season, we can confirm that the club has signed Drogheda United striker Declan ‘Fabio’ O’Brien on an 18 month deal. The 35 year old, who is Drogheda’s all-time leading goal scorer, will be eligible to play for Glenavon once the January transfer window opens.
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“Declan is a personal fitness trainer so he’s a very fit lad,” Gary Hamilton told us after the formalities were completed. “Although he’s at the tail end of his football career I feel he has plenty left to offer Glenavon in the next season or two. We’ve been on his trail for a few months and I’m delighted to have him available come the new year.”
Glenavon’s trip to Stangmore Park on Friday night (7:45pm kick off) is part of NIFL’s ‘Friday Night Football’ initiative that aims to boost attendances and give people who have other commitments on Saturdays a chance to enjoy the excitement of Danske Bank Premiership games.
James Singleton and Eoin Bradley return from suspension but Kevin Braniff misses out as he completes a two game ban. William Murphy is automatically suspended after being sent off on Saturday. In a strange twist, due to Glentoran’s appeal against Gary Hamilton’s appearance in Glenavon’s 4-2 victory at The Oval, the Lurgan Blues boss’s one game touchline ban, due to start on Monday past, will not take effect, until the outcome of that appeal (scheduled for next Monday night) is known.
Gary was pleased with the performance, attitude and effort against Cliftonville last Saturday and, having played with ten men for over 70 minutes, felt that his side was unlucky not to take something from the game.
After beating Glenavon back in August the Swifts picked up their first league win since then just two weeks ago against Coleraine and were unlucky not to get something from last Saturday’s game against league leaders Portadown who needed a last-gasp Tim Mouncey goal to take all three points. It will be a tough game but Glenavon will be going into the game in a positive way to build on their excellent way form and aiming to take the three points back up the M1.
We have been informed by Portadown FC that, as expected, the Boxing Day fixture against them at Shamrock Park will be all ticket. Ticket sale arrangements will be announced shortly.
Conor Dillon in action against Ballymena’s David Cushley. Pic by John McIwaine-Press Eye
Gary Hamilton announced tonight (Wednesday) that he has secured the signature of Conor Dillon on a two and a half year extension to his contract. “Conor has been one of our most consistent performers this season and, after moving to us from the amateur leagues down south, he hasn’t looked out of place in the Premiership. He trains and plays the same way, with effort and determination to play and win. He’s young and will only get better,” a delighted Glenavon manager told the website after he and Dillon had completed the formalities.
Do you want to help further strengthen the club’s playing squad and also be in with the chance to win yourself £2,000?
Glenavon FC are asking for your support in selling tickets for the 125th Anniversary Mega Draw. For each ticket sold, not only are you generating vital income towards squad development, you are also supporting a local charity (Ceara School) and for, each ticket sold, you will be in with a chance to win the ‘sellers prize’ each month (£500 in months 1-9 and £2,000 in month 10).
If you would like to help, or indeed have already sold tickets for entry into the draw, a short meeting will be held in the Bedeck Suite, Mourneview Park on Wednesday night at 7.30pm. Remember, your club needs you!
Click here for the application form with direct debit form.