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Barry Gray needs Daniel Hughes to keep focus

By Adrian Rutherford

Barry Gray admits star striker Daniel Hughes has been unsettled by a summer of frenzied transfer speculation.

The Warrenpoint Town forward has been heavily linked with a move to Linfield.

But Gray is adamant that Hughes - who hit 19 goals last term and signed a new contract this summer - will be going nowhere.

And he conceded he will be glad to see the transfer window slam shut to stop the matter becoming any more of a distraction.

Asked if there had been any developments on Hughes' future, Gray said: "No, and there won't be.

"He's not for sale, he's not going anywhere.

"Daniel is absolutely happy to stay. He signed a two-year contract with us recently and nothing has changed.

"The bottom line is he wants to stay and the club doesn't want to sell him. As a manager I'm delighted with that.

"It has been unsettling for him and he'll continue to be unsettled until we get to the end of August, but hopefully we've made it clear that he's not for sale."

Hughes opened his account for the season with a stunning strike against Portadown on Wednesday night.

But it proved in vain as the Ports scored twice in seven second half minutes to claim the points.

It leaves Warrenpoint - who face Glenavon today - still searching for their first point of the new campaign.

Gray admits it needs to come soon - and believes they can surprise a Glenavon side that scored a magnificent seven in midweek.

"We need a win, and the quicker we get it and get the monkey off our back, the better," he said.

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