Howland can spark Glens, says Patterson
Eddie Patterson says he cannot wait to see David Howland performing tricks in a Glentoran jersey again.
The midfielder has endured a torrid time with injuries but after a spell working in England the gifted player is working on his fitness and is hungry to return to the heat of battle.
Today's NI Hospice Charity Shield against Crusaders at Solitude (3pm) could be an opportunity for Howland to make a surprise appearance but the 28-year-old, who has endured knee surgery, will be keen to leave behind his injury woes.
Glens boss Patterson said: "David Howland has come back from England this week where he has been doing a work placement as part of his studies and it will be great to see him playing again.
"We have missed him big time and he's had a terrible time with injuries and an operation that didn't go according to plan.
"If we can get him fit and firing we will have another absolute player on our hands. He is a wonderful footballer and will be like a new signing for us."
Striker Curtis Allen is likely to feature for the Glens who kick off their league campaign at Coleraine next Saturday.
"Curtis played 15 minutes against Donegal Celtic so it's all about getting him up to match fitness," added Patterson.
"I'm looking to add a midfielder and striker but that's easier said than done."
Warren Feeney says Linfield have yet to decide if they are going to make another bid for Ballymena United winger David Cushley.
The Blues bid £10,000 for 'Cush' but United rejected the offer.
Windsor Park chief Feeney said: "The club is still assessing that one. David is a player I admire and I am keen to bring players in but he's a Ballymena United player."