Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Healy joins Lurgan Blues for one-off against Leeds

Northern Ireland's David Healy celebrates scoring a hat-trick against Spain during Wednesdays  Euro 2008 match against Iceland at Belfast's Windsor Park.
Northern Ireland's David Healy celebrates scoring a hat-trick against Spain during Wednesdays Euro 2008 match against Iceland at Belfast's Windsor Park.

David Healy will come out of retirement next week after agreeing to play for Glenavon. Before fans of the Mourneview Park club get excited about the prospect of Northern Ireland's record goalscorer playing for their team, it will be a one-off appearance for Healy, in a friendly against his former club, Leeds United.

The Yorkshire outfit will come to Lurgan next Wednesday as part of the agreement that took Glenavon youngster Robbie McDaid to Elland Road earlier this year and the match will also form part of the club's 125th anniversary celebrations.

Healy spent almost three years with Leeds, from October 2004 to the summer of 2007, after joining in a £650,000 deal from Preston North End.

He scored 29 times in 111 league appearances and was the club's joint top goalscorer in the 2005-06 season with 14 goals and was the leading marksman again the following campaign, albeit with just 10 goals.

During his 95-cap Northern Ireland career, during which he scored a record 36 goals, Healy played alongside Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton and he is relishing renewing the partnership – even if it is only for one night.

"It is great news for both the club and the players who will have the honour of playing with him that David has chosen to join us to celebrate our 125th anniversary," said Hamilton.

"Glenavon will be the first Irish League club, of course, that he will have played with.

"Despite his many successes David has always remained grounded, he has never forgotten where he came from and is a credit to himself and his family.

"He is always ready to help out Northern Ireland football in whatever way possible.

"It is a measure of the man that he accepted without hesitation our offer to play and as I said it will be an honour to have David here on July 30."

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