Shea Campbell is ready to get ‘right-back’ into the thick of the action as he prepares to make a return to the top flight of Northern Ireland football this afternoon.
Probably better known as a striker from his time with various clubs, including Dungannon Swifts, Ballymena United, Linfield and Cliftonville, the former Northern Ireland under-21 international is back at Glenavon for a second spell at Mourneview Park with a change of direction as he looks to re-launch his career.
Lurgan Blues manager Marty Quinn finalised the signing of Campbell — who spent last season on-loan to Armagh City from Cliftonville — earlier this week to go along with the summer acquisitions of Stuart King and Mattie Hazley .
And Quinn will name his latest capture at right-back for this afternoon’s Carling Premiership opener against Newry City.
“I started off as a teenager at right-back with Dungannon Swifts and it was only later on that I played up-front,” said Campbell, who as a striker was a target for cross-channel clubs in his younger days and went on trial with Oldham Athletic when Iain Dowie was manager of the Boundary Park club.
“I know the role and it’s easier to play when everything is in front of you.
“At Armagh last season I played up-front and at centre-half too. I think Marty Quinn has a view to push me forward a bit — we’ll see what happens further down the line — but I have adapted to playing right-back during the pre-season matches and I’m looking forward now to getting started.”
It is Glenavon’s league position that Quinn wants to change. Five years ago they were starting life in the First Division and only made it back to the top flight via a play-off with Crusaders.
Since then they have dodged the drop — but only just, winning another play-off with Bangor.
“Anyone with any ambition has to look at the top six, we’ll be aiming for that and with the squad we have it’s realistic,” said Campbell.