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Mental impact of injury nightmare was tough to get over, admits Glenavon winger

By Stuart McKinley

Glenavon's on-fire winger Adam Foley has revealed that overcoming the mental side of the serious injury that wrecked his first spell at the club was just as tough as the physical problems that came with a ruptured cruciate ligament.

After getting injured two games into the club's pre-season campaign following his arrival in July 2013, Foley's comeback lasted just one League Cup tie before he headed home to play for local club Glebe North - but this time he is making a real impact.

Now, with four goals to his name in the opening three matches of the season - including a stunning hat-trick in last week's 5-2 win over Ballinamallard United - the Dubliner is happy to be repaying the club for their help in surmounting the psychological barriers.

"It was two games into pre-season when I did my cruciate and it was a struggle to get back," Foley recalled of his previous time with Gary Hamilton's team.

"I was gone for over a year and it was hard to get back. My head was all over the place. I came back and played a couple of games, but it just wasn't working out. I didn't feel myself and I think Gary and the coaching staff knew that as well.

"I just wasn't myself after the injury. It messes with the head. I had to go home, play football there, get myself right and get going again. It was tough but the lads were brilliant with me, they were always checking on me which meant a lot.

"You can feel isolated from a team when you are injured, but they have always been brilliant to me at Glenavon, from the board to the manager and the fans and players too. I was always kept in the loop which was nice."

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