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Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton ends season on a high with award

By Stuart McKinley

Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton has picked up a trophy this season.

Seven successive wins helped to secure a third-placed finish in the Danske Bank Premiership and qualification for the Europa League, with the lucrative £145,000 cash prize to boot, and that has earned Hamilton the first BT Sport Manager of the Month award of his career.

Indeed, Glenavon's form since the turn of the year has only been bettered by champions Crusaders, leading some to suggest that Hamilton is a serious contender for the Manager of the Year honour.

"It has been a tremendous last four months for the club. Saturday's defeat was only our second in the league in 2015, both to champions Crusaders, so it is a well deserved honour for Gary," said Glenavon assistant manager Paul Millar, who picked up the award on Hamilton's behalf.

And success seems to follow success at the minute for Crusaders.

Four days after lifting the Gibson Cup, having been confirmed as Premiership champions seven days previously, one of the north-Belfast club's most influential players is celebrating individual glory.

Right-back Billy Joe Burns has impressed all season since moving from Linfield and he has finished on a high by being named as Player of the Month.

"The whole day last Saturday was great," said Burns.

"It was unreal for the club because we had set our sights on the title at the start of the season.

"Now we've done it, it's great, especially seeing how much it means to the fans and the board.

"For me personally, it has been a great last few weeks as well."

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