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Red faced Glentoran step up bid for free agent Donnelly

 

By Connor McLaughlin

Glentoran are closing in on the signing of free agent forward Rory Donnelly as their need for quality was underlined by an embarrassing 3-0 thumping by Amateur League neighbours East Belfast last night.

Former Cliftonville striker Donnelly, who is without a club after being released by Gillingham at the end of last season, has attracted interest from Scotland and clubs in the League of Ireland but looks set to agree a deal with the Glens.

Oval boss Gary Haveron has been active in the transfer market this summer, landing ex-Reds and Linfield midfielder James Knowles, bringing John McGuigan back to the club and snapping up Corey Davidson from Ballyclare Comrades among others. But the acquisition of Donnelly would be his most noteworthy addition of the summer so far amid increasing supporter unrest, which will not have been helped by last night's result.

Donnelly left Cliftonville - where his brother Jay still plays - for Swansea City in January 2012 and has since enjoyed productive spells at Tranmere Rovers and Gillingham, for whom he netted 12 goals in 66 appearances over two seasons.

Following his release by the League One outfit, Motherwell, Sligo Rovers and Galway United had all been linked with the 25-year-old, who could be unveiled by the Glens ahead of Saturday's charity fundraising friendly with Linfield.

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