Belfast Telegraph

Andy Hall striving to repay Gary Hamilton's faith and show his quality for Glenavon

By Graham Luney

Andy Hall says he's on a mission to prove he can still cut it at the right end of local football's top flight.

The winger signed a one-year deal with the Lurgan Blues in May and he's determined to show he can still mix it with the big beasts of the Irish League jungle.

Hall, whose 11 goals last season helped Bangor reach the promotion play-off, has top-flight experience with Glentoran and Lisburn Distillery but not too many golden memories.

His spell at The Oval was disrupted by a busted cheekbone while the Whites were always the small fish trying to live with more menacing predators.

Now this move to Lurgan has given the 25-year-old a spring in his step and after scoring his first goal in the 7-1 rout of Ballymena United, Hall wants to repay the faith shown in him by Glenavon chief Gary Hamilton.

"I feel I do have something to prove a bit," he said. "I've been here before with Glentoran and Lisburn Distillery but those spells didn't work out. I suffered a broken cheekbone at Glentoran while the Whites were always up against it. It never really worked out for us as a team.

"Unfortunately Bangor couldn't make the step up but I have been given another opportunity to prove myself at this level and I hope I can take it.

"I was simply looking forward to getting back to playing Premiership football again.

"It was a frustrating end to last season, losing the play-off to Warrenpoint, but a few clubs showed interest in me. Gary (Hamilton) had been keen to sign me for a while so I was happy to step up to that challenge.

"I've settled in very well after coming back slightly later. The boys were in on June 6 but I was on holiday and came back on June 20 and now the games are coming thick and fast. We didn't get the result we wanted in Europe but we have shown already we are up for the big games in the league."

Glenavon host champions Crusaders tomorrow after winning two of their opening three battles and it promises to be a tough assignment for Stephen Baxter's men.

"If we can steer clear of injuries I think the team can do very well again this season," added Hall.

"There's a lot of quality going forward with Eoin Bradley, Kevin Braniff, (Declan) 'Fabio' O'Brien and Gary (Hamilton) posing a big threat so we are confident we can score goals.

"The competition for places keeps boys on their toes and if I can help create and score a few goals then that's brilliant.

"The 7-1 victory over Ballymena United showed what we can do. We even could have scored a few more, I was thrilled to get on the scoresheet and I think we surprised a few people.

"I just want to get into the team as much as I can. The most important thing is the team and we want to establish ourselves in the top six. The boys did very well last season to finish third and that bar has been set high."

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