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Dungannon Swifts wait on Tranmere's call over Glackin

By Stuart McKinley

Dungannon Swifts are awaiting contact from Tranmere Rovers after midfielder Jamie Glackin spent a week on trial with the Merseyside outfit.

And if the League Two relegation battlers don't make their move, then Danske Bank Premiership leaders Crusaders are on stand-by to swoop.

The 19-year-old former Northern Ireland under-17 international caught the eye of Tranmere with a number of impressive performances this season, despite the Swifts struggling at the bottom of the Premiership table and he has just returned from a five-day stint at Prenton Park.

Glackin picked up an injury during last week's Irish Cup win over Ballinamallard United and, after trying to play through it while at Tranmere, he won't be in the team when they face Institute in a massive relegation tussle at Dumahoe tonight.

Swifts manager Darren Murphy tipped Glackin as a potential full-time player some time ago and Tranmere's interest is of no surprise to him.

"Jamie is a great talent and the type of young player you like to see coming through at your club," said Murphy of the Omagh-born lad.

"Knowing how good he is, I also know that I might lose him at some stage - but you can never stand in a young player's way if he is good enough to play at a higher level.

"How far he can go I'm not sure. Whether it's somewhere else in the Irish League, the League of Ireland or across the water remains to be seen, but he has great ability and I'm not sure there are too many of his age who are better.

"He has really stepped up for us and at just 19 years old I believe he has a big future."

Institute manager Paul Kee will make changes to his line-up this evening after adding two new faces this week.

Former Derby County and Notts County goalkeeper Saul Deeney has returned to live in his native Londonderry and Kee will make a late decision over whether or not he will be thrown straight into the action.

Donegal-born former Distillery and Ballymena United striker Davitt Walsh has also joined the Drumahoe outfit after coming back from New Zealand and with Stephen O'Flynn now gone from the club he is expected to go straight into the team.

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