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Frustrated Braniff ready to quit Glenavon for game time

By Laure James

Kevin Braniff admits he feels frustrated having been frozen out at Glenavon and says he'll have to move to get game time. The striker signed a one-year contract extension with the Lurgan Blues after a heroic show in their Irish Cup run last year, scoring all four goals in a 4-3 semi-final win over Crusaders and one in the 2-0 victory against Linfield to lift the trophy.

Yet Braniff has had limited involvement since, and has been forced to watch his team-mates stutter this season without him.

With only one win from their last six games, Glenavon now prepare to host Coleraine at Mourneview Park tomorrow.

Gary Hamilton's troops have an admirable record over Oran Kearney's men, having won five of their last six meetings, but Braniff is expecting another uneventful afternoon for himself.

He said: "It's been pretty poor recently, I don't know what it's down to. We've a similar squad to last year but we haven't gelled so much this year. Could it be down to me not playing? Maybe.

"It's just not the same as it was last year, we were playing for ourselves and it was better. I think we'll come out of it. Hopefully we'll get three points, Coleraine are a very good side and will be extremely well organised."

Glenavon have a lot on their plate. The Irish FA Appeals Committee rejected manager Hamilton's plea to have his six-game ban overturned last Friday, and the team lost their regular training facilities for this campaign and have been using a rugby pitch at a local school.

While it's a challenging time for the mid-Ulster club, Braniff wants answers of his own.

"It's just frustrated me not having got into the team, but I am hoping to get my chance again," he said. "Potentially, if it stays the way it is, I will want to move in January. I don't know what I've done wrong.

"I started two games and scored two goals. It's down to the manager, he picks the team. I've been training hard. I've been doing extra now I have started working in a gym, and I'm fit. It's just getting on the pitch."

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