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McAree is planning to bring back Henderson

Dungannon Swifts 0 - Glenavon 1

By Adrian Rutherford

Published 25/01/2016

On the list: Darren Henderson is keen to leave Ballymena
On the list: Darren Henderson is keen to leave Ballymena

Darren Henderson could be on his way back to Dungannon Swifts after Rodney McAree confirmed his interest in the striker. Henderson has been placed on the transfer list at his own request at Ballymena United and a return to Stangmore Park could be on the cards.

McAree was reluctant to discuss the matter in depth, but said he was aware Henderson was available and an approach was "possible".

Henderson - then called Boyce - spent the first half of the 2013-14 season on loan at Dungannon, scoring 12 times. He signed for Ballymena at the start of 2014, but has struggled to make an impact lately.

Swifts - who could do with another attacking option, with Paul McElroy possibly out for the rest of the season - lacked an edge as they suffered their first defeat of 2016 against Glenavon at the weekend.

A 52nd-minute strike from Joel Cooper saw the Lurgan side move into the top four.

McAree felt Dungannon failed to reach the standards set in recent wins over Portadown and Glentoran.

"It just seemed like one of those nearly days where we just couldn't get ourselves over the line," he added. "We asked a few questions but we didn't ask as many as we would have wanted."

McAree, meanwhile, has moved to bolster his defence by bringing Sean McCashin back to the club and is also waiting to see if a move for another former defender, Fra Brennan, who joined Cliftonville in August, is happening.

"If nothing materialises very soon - and I mean very soon - I'm going to have to look elsewhere," he added.

DUNGANNON: Coleman, Montgomery (Hazley, 62 mins), McCaffrey, Wilson, O'Rourke, Lowe, Harpur, Glackin, Burke (Mullen, 68 mins), Teggart (Liggett, 84 mins), Mitchell. Unused subs: Fitzpatrick, McDonald

GLENAVON: Tuffey, Kelly, Dillon, Lindsay, Kilmartin, Marshall, Hall (Hamilton, 82 mins), Sykes, Kearns (Martyn, 90 mins), Cooper, Bradley. Unused subs: Patton, McGrory, Braniff

Man of the match: Daniel Kearns

Match rating: 6/10

Referee: Mervyn Smyth (Belfast)

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