Belfast Telegraph

Linfield legend Murphy signs for Glenavon

By Graham Luney

William Murphy has decided to prolong his glittering Irish League career at Glenavon.

The Linfield legend, who wasn’t offered a new contract by boss David Jeffrey, has agreed a one-year deal with Glenavon.

Centre-back Murphy will now link up with his good pal David Rainey who has also joined the Mourneview Park outfit.

Murphy was considering hanging up his boots after a trophy-laden 15 years at Windsor Park but Lurgan Blues boss Gary Hamilton, who lost Mark Haughey to Linfield, has persuaded him to carry on playing.

“Winkie played over 40 times for Linfield last season, which shows he has kept himself fit and he himself felt that he had another good season in him after David Jeffrey declined to offer him a contract extension,” said Hamilton.

“He has that winning mentality that we are looking for in the squad and he will be a great asset in terms of working with and giving his knowledge and experience to the younger players but also he’ll be a big help to the coaching staff and a great character in the changing room.”

Meanwhile, Ballymena United have released Shaun Maher and William Bingham and made Richard Vauls and Chris Rodgers available to other clubs on the transfer list. Denver Gage's contract has expired but he will be given the chance to prove his fitness in pre-season games.

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