Belfast Telegraph

Glentoran fight to keep Waterworth

Glentoran manager Eddie Patterson is attempting to tie striker Andy Waterworth to a new contract before Saturday's Irish Cup final with Cliftonville.

The former Northern Ireland under-21 international told the Belfast Telegraph two months ago that he would be leaving the Oval in the summer, but Patterson is doing all he can to keep the 27-year-old, who hit 20 league goals this season.

Waterworth has held talks with the Glens' Big Two rivals Linfield and although there is also interest from Airtricity League clubs Derry City and Dundalk, it is understood that his preference is to stay in the Irish League.

"We had talks with Andy last week and we will be sitting down again," said Patterson.

"He wants to focus on the Cup final, but we need to know what's happening so that we can look elsewhere if things aren't going to be positive for us and we will be talking to him again this week.

"There hasn't been a definitive yes or not and also the other clubs that he has spoken to, he hasn't given them a definitive yes or no either.

"For me that is a positive for us."

The Glens are, however, planning for every eventuality, with an approach made to Coleraine's Curtis Allen having been made.

"We have an interest in a few players throughout the league and we will be speaking to them," said Patterson.

• Mark Haughey has passed a medical and signed a two-year contract for Linfield.

The centre-back leaves Glenavon for a fresh challenge at Windsor Park.

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