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Glenavon striker Guy Bates calls time on Irish League career

By Gareth Hanna

Guy Bates has left Glenavon, citing work commitments for his reason to take a step back from his football career.

The 31 year-old forward was in his second spell at Mourneview Park last season but has, for now at least, called time on his Irish League playing days after beginning a new job as a gym instructor at Integral Fitness and Leisure Centre in Drogheda.

While the Geordie says he will stay involved in the game in some capacity south of the border, he confirmed he has left the Lurgan Blues. Bates rejoined the club last summer and made 32 appearances last season, scoring six goals and contributing 11 assists.

He originally spent a two-year period playing under Gary Hamilton from 2012 to 2014 and was a key part of the side that won the Irish Cup before moving to Australia. On his return, he signed for Linfield, much to the dismay of his former side, but after just one season at Windsor Park, was brought back to Mourneview.

“I’ve just finished a college course and become a personal trainer and fitness coach. I’m also working at a place called Integral and as a gym instructor," Bates told extratime.ie.

“At this moment in time I’ve set myself away from the game because I’m 31 now and been in football a long time. I signed for Newcastle at eight and it takes its toll on the body. Plus, the money’s not sustainable or stable enough to put football first, which is a shame.”

Bates' departure leaves Glenavon with a striking panel of new-signing Andrew Mitchell

Glenavon played Crumlin United in a friendly on Saturday and won 4-2 thanks to two goals from summer signing Adam Foley along with one each from Mark Patton and Jack O’Mahoney.

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