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Kearns isn't planning extended stay in part-time game

By Adrian Rutherford

Glenavon star Daniel Kearns has revealed his ambitions to return to full-time football.

The 24-year-old has been a huge hit since signing for the club last month, sparking speculation that his time in Irish League football could be brief.

Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton indicated as much when he told the club's fans to enjoy watching Kearns while they can and the player, who started out as a kid at West Ham and spent three years at Peterborough before a season with Carlisle United, admits he is open-minded about his future, and would consider an offer to return to England if it presents itself.

"If something comes up and it's worth my while I will obviously have a look at it," said Kearns, who signed a short-term contract at Mourneview Park.

"At the minute I just want to concentrate on playing football.

"I want to start enjoying my football again after a difficult season last year."

Kearns made over 30 appearances for Peterborough between 2011 and 2014, and had three spells out on loan.

After a season with Carlisle was marred by injury, he signed for the Lurgan Blues in October.

He has quickly made an impact, scoring in three successive games before Glenavon's four-match unbeaten run was ended by Glentoran last Saturday.

After impressing during a two-season stint in the League of Ireland with Dundalk in between his spells in England, Kearns is delighted by his flying start in Irish League football.

"It's been good. Obviously we've been playing well and I'm enjoying my football at the minute. I'm playing with a smile on my face," said Kearns, who will hope to help get Glenavon back on track when they face Carrick Rangers at Mourneview Park this evening.

"Things are going well on the pitch. I'm scoring goals and I'm heavily involved in a lot of the play.

"We've picked up some really good victories over the last few weeks so I'm just happy to be enjoying my football again."

Victory for Glenavon this evening would move them up to fourth place in the Danske Bank Premiership table above Linfield, at least overnight.

Much will depend on Kearns, who although normally a midfielder has been playing in a more advanced role for Glenavon in the absence of Kevin Braniff.

And he is enjoying his partnership with Eoin Bradley, who has already moved into double figures for the season.

Kearns believes Bradley's presence up front is drawing the best out of him.

"Some of his hold-up play is excellent. He's a big, strong, physical lad," he added.

"He's quick, he's got good agility, he runs the channels brilliantly and he looks like a nightmare to play against. I wouldn't want to be a centre-half playing against him.

"Playing with him is obviously good for me because I can link up with him.

"It's a different position for me, playing up front, but I'm enjoying it and I'm scoring goals."

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