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Clingan is hoping to get involved with Club NI after chat with O'Neill

By Paul Ferguson

Glenavon new boy Sammy Clingan may be able to play a role in helping the future generation prosper in Northern Ireland football.

Clingan, after having a chat with Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill, is going to offer his services to the Irish FA's Elite Performance Director Jim Magilton with a view to working with the talented kids involved in Club NI, the Irish FA's programme for elite youngsters.

The midfielder, who has his 'A' Licence, has already accepted an invitation by national women's manager Alfie Wylie to take coaching sessions for girls aged around 13/14 at Jordanstown.

"I'm really enjoying coaching the girls, working on their technique and introducing them to different aspects of the game," said Clingan. "In recent days I've spoken to Michael O'Neill and he knows that I want to get involved in the coaching aspect of the game. I would love to help out in any way I can with Club NI."

Glenavon are back in Premiership action tonight with Ballinamallard United the visitors.

The Lurgan Blues' game against Glentoran scheduled for Saturday, August 26 will now be played on Friday, August 25. And their home tie against Carrick pencilled in for Saturday, September 9 will be played on Friday, September 8, both at 7.45pm.

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