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Glenavon boss Hamilton eager to replace Eoin Bradley

By Graham Luney

Gary Hamilton will look to strengthen his attacking options after confirming that Eoin Bradley has rejoined Coleraine.

The Lurgan Blues, who have also placed Kevin Braniff on the transfer list at his request, have snapped up former Northern Ireland Under-21 striker James Gray while Dungannon Swifts hotshot Andrew Mitchell is high up on their wanted list.

"I'm sad to see him go," said Hamilton ahead of his side's trip to Ballymena United tonight. "But we're happy with the piece of business we've done - for everybody it's a good move."

Glenavon will face a Sky Blues backlash this evening after the Braidmen slumped to a 4-2 loss at Ards on Saturday.

But while David Jeffrey was frustrated by his side's collapse, Hamilton was upbeat following the 2-2 draw at home to Cliftonville on Friday night. He said: "It's about consistency, getting a run going and if they keep their performance levels up, there's every chance they can do that.

"We played with a lot of determination, fight and energy and that's what we ask for week in and week out."

Meanwhile, Ballymena United defender Kyle McVey has joined Carrick Rangers on loan until the end of the season. Sky Blues boss Jeffrey said: "Aaron Callaghan approached us regarding Kyle. We spoke with him and had a discussion around his best interest.

"He's had a frustrating time at not getting minutes and missed a part of pre-season due to his wedding and honeymoon, and others got in and established themselves. We've agreed to do what is best for him."

Although the Sky Blues are due to play Carrick twice in the next six weeks, NIFL rules prevent loan players playing against their parent club in the league or the cup.

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