Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Gary Hamilton casting net wide to land Glenavon keeper

Glenavon player-manager Gary Hamilton
Glenavon player-manager Gary Hamilton

Gary Hamilton is confident Glenavon will have a new goalkeeper on their books before Saturday's clash in Ballinamallard.

Brian McCaul came to the rescue when Andy Coleman was sent off for handling outside his penalty area in the 3-2 defeat against Glentoran at Mourneview Park on Tuesday.

But the Lurgan Blues boss wants to see McCaul creating chances rather than keeping out shots.

In a cruel twist of fate for the Lurgan side, Coleman's cover John Connolly fractured a tibia in a reserve game at The Oval the same night.

McCaul said: "I have no qualms about filling in again if need be" but his manager has begun the keeper search.

"We have been very unfortunate to lose key players and obviously I include goalkeepers in that," said Hamilton.

"But it's a situation we have to adapt to and there is now a fantastic opportunity for a keeper to come to Glenavon and prove that he deserves to play in the Premier League.

"The chances of us getting a keeper from a Premier League side are slim but there could be someone in the south of Ireland or from the lower leagues who would relish the opportunity we can give him.

"We need cover for Andy and it's the same for every player – good form keeps you in the team. It's very unfortunate to lose John and hopefully he will come back before the end of the season and I'm confident we can bring someone in by Friday to do a job for us on Saturday."

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