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Boost for Glenavon as Kearns extends deal

By Stuart McKinley

Daniel Kearns has put plans of making a return to full-time football on hold by signing a new contract at Glenavon.

Kearns' new deal is part of a hat-trick that the Mourneview Park outfit has pulled off as the second half of the Danske Bank Premiership season kicks-off tomorrow afternoon.

Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton has handed midfielder Andrew Kilmartin a 12-month extension to his current contract and youngster Mark Sykes has signed a new deal that will run until the summer of 2018.

The biggest news, however, is that Kearns, who had originally agreed a short-term deal with the club that was due to run out in January, will now be staying until the end of the season.

Twenty-four-year-old Kearns, who started his career at West Ham United and also had spells with Peterborough United and Carlisle United, has made no secret of his desire to return to full-time football.

He has now shelved those thoughts and knocked back interest from elsewhere in the Irish League, as well as from the League of Ireland, with Derry City among those keen to sign him.

Kearns took his goal tally to five in seven league games when he scored twice in Glenavon's 2-0 win over Carrick Rangers last Friday night and he is now second in the club's scoring charts behind Eoin Bradley and they will be the men to watch when Hamilton takes his team to face Coleraine tomorrow afternoon.

Sykes, just 18-years-old, has established himself in the Glenavon first team this season and has made 11 league appearances.

Kilmartin is one of the team's unsung heroes. The former Glentoran and Lisburn Distillery man is an ever-present in the Glenavon midfield this season, playing in all 19 league games so far.

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