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Quinn slams cup rule as Hamill is denied debut

Marty Quinn could hand Rory Hamill his Glenavon debut this evening — but has hit out at the rule which will prevent his latest signing from targeting an Irish Cup final with a FIFTH club.

Hamill was under consideration for a place on the bench in Saturday’s Irish Cup sixth round victory over Institute, but after winning the trophy with Glentoran and Coleraine as well as losing appearances with Dungannon Swifts and Coleraine the 33-year-old can’t play in this season’s competition.

A little known rule that stops players who are registered after the January transfer window closes from playing in that season’s Irish Cup was discovered by the Lurgan Blues just in time — as an appearance by Hamill would have seen them thrown out of the tournament.

“Rory is close to coming into the reckoning and could be on the bench for the trip to Ballymena,” said Quinn.

“It’s a shame that he won’t be available to me in the Irish Cup because of this ridiculous rule about players signed after the end of January.

“It’s the first I have heard of such a rule and I think it’s a situation that really needs to be looked at.

“I can understand why clubs can’t sign even an out of contract player after the end of March, but to stop a player who was a free agent from playing in the Irish Cup is ridiculous,” he added.

The main thing for Quinn though is being in the next round — where he will face Ballymena United — but it’s three points against the Sky Blues tonight that comes first as Glenavon shoot for the top six.

And he is hoping to take advantage of some inconsistency from other teams.

“We’ve picked up from where we were a month ago and confidence is high again, but there is still a lot of work to do,” said the Lurgan Blues boss.

“Some teams have had blips and we will need to capitalise on them.”

Suspensions: Two games: Chris Ramsey (Ballymena United), Cullen Feeney (Newry City). One game: Darren Boyce and Gareth Harkin (Coleraine), Craig McLean and Timmy Adamson (Dungannon Swifts), Kyle Neill and Paul Leeman (Glentoran), Kevin Ramsey (Institute).

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