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Further bid ruled out after Glenavon reject offer for highly rated Rhys Marshall

 

Rhys Marshall
Rhys Marshall

By Steven Beacom

Glenavon have rejected a bid from Larne for versatile star Rhys Marshall.

The right sided 24-year-old has 12 months of his current contract to run and has attracted interest this summer from the Inver Park club and Linfield.

Marshall has been at Mourneview Park since he was a youngster and has been a key figure for manager Gary Hamilton with his ability to play in a range of positions.

There are many seasoned observers in the Irish League who believe he has the quality to make it across the water and not surprisingly Glenavon value one of their star men highly.

Sources suggest that the Lurgan Blues would like a fee of around £50,000.

Larne boss Tiernan Lynch said: "We put a bid in but Glenavon rejected it. We weren't going to go any further. Rhys is a player I really admire and I think would benefit from full-time football and that environment but what Glenavon were asking we weren't prepared to pay."

Owner Kenny Bruce has been generous with his millions investing in hometown club Larne, but Lynch insists that there is no bottomless money pit at Inver Park to spend on new players.

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"Kenny has been brilliant to the club. He is not only funding the team, he is also developing a stadium," said Lynch.

"What we want to do is get ourselves to the stage where we can qualify for European football and Kenny has already said if we do that whatever we bring in we can keep to invest in the team."

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