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Fit again: Matthew Snoddy is hoping to leave his injury nightmare behind

Fit again: Matthew Snoddy is hoping to leave his injury nightmare behind

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Fit again: Matthew Snoddy is hoping to leave his injury nightmare behind

Matthew Snoddy is trying not to think about his future at Crusaders as he returns to the heat of battle with Glenavon.

The midfielder has linked up with the Lurgan Blues in a loan switch until the end of the season and, although he has another year to run on his Crues contract, his Seaview future is uncertain.

But the 26-year-old is simply hungry to put eight months of injury hell behind him after a cruel setback during the warm-up ahead of the Irish Cup semi-final against Coleraine last April.

It's been a long road back to fitness for Snoddy and he views the move to Lurgan as the ideal opportunity to sharpen his fitness and showcase his talent again.

After making his Glenavon debut in the 2-2 draw with Institute on Saturday, his simple goal is to enjoy his football again.

"I'm not thinking too far ahead, I'm thinking short-term and building my match sharpness," said Snoddy, whose side visit Ballymena United tomorrow.

"I've been with Crusaders for nearly nine years and I never saw myself leaving, but that's football. Things change and you have to put yourself first.

"I've done that with this move and I still have another year left on my contract.

"I went to Coleraine on loan before and the Crues wanted me back. When I returned, I played some of my best football for them, so we'll see what happens.

"This move is for me to get game time. I spoke to Stephen (Baxter) about it and we both agreed on it. It was best for both parties. I had been out for eight months and there was no point in playing reserve games.

"Glenavon have a good pitch there and it's a great club to play for.

"A part of me was disappointed to leave, the Crues are going for the league and Irish Cup as well as the League Cup, but I had to think about myself and my long-term interests. I didn't want to waste any more time. Though it was a quick move, I didn't really see it coming."

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