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Glenavon and Ballymena United are in the hunt to net Glentoran ace Jay Magee

By Graham Luney

Glentoran have a fight on their hands to keep defender Jay Magee at the club. The Belfast Telegraph understands that Glenavon and Ballymena United are chasing the centre-back's signature.

The Sky Blues have drafted a letter to the Glens outlining their interest in the player but Magee will also have the option of a return to Mourneview Park where he featured for the Lurgan Blues earlier in his career.

Glentoran then made a move for Magee and he joined his boyhood club in the summer of 2012.

In April 2014, Magee put pen to paper in a new deal at the Glens, but his contract expires at the end of this season and that has alerted other clubs.

The east Belfast side would like to keep hold of Magee but the 28-year-old, who was once placed on the transfer list for disciplinary reasons in January 2015, could be enticed by attractive offers from either United or Glenavon.

Lurgan Blues boss Gary Hamilton is a big admirer of Magee and he's keen to bring the defender back to Mourneview Park.

United chief David Jeffrey's immediate focus is on Saturday's League Cup final when his side clash with Carrick Rangers at Seaview.

"It was the worst time to play Crusaders after their Shield final disappointment," reflected Jeffrey after his side's 2-1 Premiership loss at the weekend.

"I knew even looking at Stephen (Baxter) and his players they were fully focused but it was great preparation for us for the final which will be equally as tough.

"We will check on Tony Kane's fitness as he has a hamstring injury. He's a big concern.

"We have a massive final coming up and our preparations will be thorough and detailed.

"It will be ginormous for the players and they are relishing the fact they are playing in a major final.

"Our preparations will be detailed and thorough and I hope it's a great game of football."

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