Institute have received a boost, prior to their encounter with Glenavon, with the news that midfielder Philip Lowry may stay with the club, after all.
The Northern Ireland Under 21 international, who’s contract ends in the summer, has attracted attention from a host of cross-channel clubs and Premiership title contenders Glentoran, but with a new contract offer on the table from ’Stute the teenager admits it would be hard to leave Drumahoe.
“Everyone knows I have been speaking to Coleraine, but I can definitely say that I haven’t spoken to anyone connected to Glentoran,” admitted Lowry.
“What my plans are is to continue playing for the remainder of the season, we still have three games to go and I want to give it my all in those matches and then I’ll see what happens.
“Institute have offered me a new contract and to be honest I definitely wouldn’t rule out staying. Institute have done a lot for me, whenever I joined them a few years ago I thought I wouldn’t have played so many matches in the first team, but I did and haven’t looked back since.”
Meanwhile the Londonderry side welcome back centre-back David Ogilby after he sat out Tuesday’s 4-0 win over Bangor through suspension, while striker Kevin Ramsey is also expected to return to the squad.
’Stute, who have collected maximum points against the Lurgan Blues having already beat them three times, go into this encounter in confident mood after storming back to winning ways with that victory over Bangor.