Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Glenavon defender Haughey is summer target for Linfield

Linfield have declared an interest in Glenavon defensive star Mark Haughey.

The 22-year-old centre-half will become a free agent at the end of June and the Blues have shown their hand in a letter lodged with the Mourneview Park board.

It's the launch of manager David Jeffrey's rebuilding programme after a season without a trophy.

However Jeffrey could have a battle on his hands to prise Haughey away from the club he joined as a 15-year-old.

Glenavon are keen to hold on to their defensive rock and have offered him a lucrative new two-year contract.

Haughey said: "I'm very happy at Glenavon and Gary Hamilton has made it clear he wants me to stay.

"We've had talks and he has been honest and up front with me and there is a new two-year deal on the table.

"Glenavon has been part of my life since I was 15 and they have taken very good care of me especially when I was sidelined for so long with a broken leg.

"So it came as a bit of a surprise when I was told Linfield had submitted a letter.

"I've been told there is no hurry and to think about things but quite honestly it would be a bit of a wrench.

"It had never crossed my mind to leave.

"It goes without saying that I want to win trophies but it has always been my ambition to do that with Glenavon," the defender added.

Haughey spent time training with Bournemouth recently and there could still be developments on that front.

Linfield manager David Jeffrey obviously sees Haughey as an ideal and natural replacement for Albert Watson who left Windsor Park to play in Canada.

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