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Rhys Marshall insists Lurgan Blues are on the up after pledging future

 

By Graham Luney

Rhys Marshall believes Glenavon can hit the ground running next season after agreeing a three-year deal with the club.

The Lurgan Blues missed out on European football and an inconsistent campaign saw them finish in sixth spot in the Danske Bank Premiership but Marshall says the arrival of striker Andrew Mitchell from Dungannon Swifts will give them a new cutting edge.

"I always wanted to stay at Glenavon as I've loved my time here so it was just a matter of sorting out a few details on the deal," Marshall told the Glenavon website.

"It's been tough this season but we've had three good seasons before that and of course expectations among the fans were naturally high but to finish in the top six again was still an achievement.

"We weren't conceding as many goals but the problem was that we didn't score enough.

"Hopefully the arrival of big Mitch (Andrew Mitchell) will make a difference to that next season."

Lurgan Blues boss Gary Hamilton revealed that Cardiff City were monitoring the 22-year-old.

"Cardiff City were over watching him at the play-off final and their assistant manager was really impressed with him," said Hamilton.

"In my opinion he's one of the top three players in the country and, as I keep saying, he has the potential to play across the water. Wherever I ask him to play, week in and week out, he's a top player and since he moved to centre midfield last season he started to score more goals."

Meanwhile, Dungannon Swifts striker Peter McMahon has agreed a one-year deal with the club.

Boss Rodney McAree said: "I am delighted Peter has agreed to sign for another season with Dungannon Swifts.

"Peter did extremely well for us last season coming back after a lengthy lay-off and with a good pre-season under his belt I'm sure we will see even more of his qualities this coming season."

Elsewhere, Institute have confirmed Paddy McLaughlin as their new boss while former Northern Ireland international Warren Feeney has been named as Harry Kewell's assistant manager at Crawley Town.

Feeney was interviewed for the Northern Ireland Under-21 role but the job went to former Sligo Rovers boss Ian Baraclough.

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