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Pay cut kept Tony Grant at Glenavon

Marty Quinn last night revealed that Tony Grant’s Glenavon career would have been over at the end of last season had he not accepted a pay cut.

And now Mourneview Park boss Quinn is expecting fans favourite Grant to make a big impact as he sets about ending years of mediocrity in Lurgan.

Glenavon are riding high in the Carling Premiership as one of only three teams with a 100% record from their two league games so far and the feelgood factor — especially after last week’s derby victory over Portadown — is almost tangible.

“It all came down to money with Tony Grant and he was happy to accept a pay cut to stay at the club,” said Quinn, who leads his team into battle against Donegal Celtic today.

“I wouldn’t have been able to afford to keep him on last season’s wages, but he is well within our budget now. I am delighted that he is staying and Tony loves the club.

“He’s over all his little injury problems that he had last season and he will be a great help to Mark Miskimmin this season.

“Hopefully Mark will look at what he does on the pitch and off it because Tony is a great person as well as a great player and he has great technique and ability.

“Mark has started well and with Tony around him hopefully he can sustain that.”

Today’s game is the second of five successive home games for Glenavon and Quinn is aiming to make the most of that twist in the fixture list.

“We definitely want to capitalise on our home games. In this league it’s important to get three points at home,” said Quinn.

DC will give a debut to Armagh GAA star Ryan Henderson and James McGreevy will take over from brother Sean in goal.

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