Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 20 November 2014

Skipper Nixon eyeing bright future after toughest-ever period

Glentoran captain, Colin Nixon, has urged the playing staff to stick by the club for “an exciting future” after yesterday’s much-needed cash injection.

Long-serving defender, Nixon, who holds the the club’s appearance record, has been the go-between for chairman Terence Brannigan and the Oval playing staff in recent times as players went more than eight weeks without being paid due to cash-flow problems and they decided to withdraw from training.

Since then, they have been fully paid up and the club’s short-term future, at least, has been secured.

“This is fantastic news for everyone connected with the club,” said Nixon, who will go into hospital to have a second operation on a broken nose in as many months on Christmas Eve, ruling him out of the Glens’ Boxing Day meeting with Linfield.

“The last few months have been the toughest I have ever experienced in football, but we can look forward to an exciting future now.

“We knew the club would survive and despite not training for economic reasons, we continued to work hard.

“At the minute we are some way off the pace in third, but I have faith in what the club is doing.

“You couldn’t blame some players for being disgruntled and things did boil over a few times, I won’t lie, but we have kept everything in-house and hopefully this group of players can stay together now and move forward in a positive way.

“There is no better club than Glentoran and I believe the plans the chairman has are not only exciting, but also realistic.

“A new stadium should also attract the best players and hopefully I can be a part of a new ear for the club going forward in exciting times.”

Meanwhile, the man behind yesterday’s cash injection, Paul McLean, from the club’s main sponsor, McLean’s Bookmakers, added: “Glentoran have a strong heritage and it is good to help out at this time.

“Football is very important to us. Glentoran is a very strong brand. The Irish FA needs Glentoran and so does Belfast.

“Irish League football also needs a strong Glentoran and we want to play our part in making that happen.”

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