Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 22 November 2014

Glenavon bid for Tomelty put on ice

Marty Quinn wants to bring Linfield’s transfer-listed midfielder Jamie Tomelty to Mourneview Park but he doesn’t believe his wish will be granted this month.

It’s been a quiet January for the Glenavon boss and although the club has sent letters to rivals indicating a desire to speak to players, there should be more movement in the summer.

Tomelty, who was placed on the Blues transfer list at his own request, has attracted the interest of several clubs, leaving Quinn with a fight on his hands to get his man.

“We are interested in Jamie but I can’t see him coming here this month,” said Quinn. “Perhaps we can persuade the player to come here at the end of the season.

“We have a good bunch of lads here and I have every faith and confidence in them. This is a difficult time to do business and if no-one else comes in then I am still confident we can finish the season strongly and secure a top six place.

“We have sent letters to a few clubs about players but it’s going to be very difficult to add to the squad this month.”

The fight for a top-six place in the league is gathering pace and Glenavon face a crucial showdown at Mourneview Park this afternoon.

Visitors Lisburn Distillery lie in seventh position but they can move to within a point of the Lurgan Blues with victory in Mid-Ulster.

Quinn is happy to return to league action on a grass pitch after crashing to defeat on Crusaders’ artificial surface.

“This is a massive game for us in terms of the race for a top six spot,” he added. “It might be a good time to play Lisburn Distillery as they have hit a bad patch but all teams go through that and we did earlier in the season.

“But as they can move to within a point of us, it’s a vitally important game for both of us. We want to make that gap bigger.

“We seem to struggle on the artificial surfaces but hopefully we can play our football this weekend on a good grass pitch.”

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