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Glenavon's Greg Moorhouse scores winner during Coventry trial and bags a spot on pre-season trip to Spain



Hit man: Glenavon’s Greg Moorhouse (right) is impressing on trial at Coventry City.

Hit man: Glenavon’s Greg Moorhouse (right) is impressing on trial at Coventry City.

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Hit man: Glenavon’s Greg Moorhouse (right) is impressing on trial at Coventry City.

Glenavon striker Greg Moorhouse has already hit the headlines during his trial at League Two side Coventry City, and has been brought to Spain on a pre-season trip.

The forward, who turned 23 on Monday, played 45 minutes against Sutton United on Saturday, enough time to bag the only goal of the gameand seal his spot in the squad that will face French Ligue 2 side Valenciennes in Murcia this evening.

The Irishman played wide right in Coventry's stock 4-2-3-1 formation as boss Robins is understood to be looking for more forward options as the final piece to his jigsaw in preparation for the new season.

The forward's second half display impressed supporters and Coventry Telegraph reporter Andy Turner. The journalist even thinks that repeated performances are sure to earn a full-time contract with the Sky Blues.

Turner's take on the Glenavon striker's display, published on the Coventry Telegraph website, read: "A centre-forward by trade, Moorhouse caught the eye with a lively and determined contribution on the right of the forward three and got the decisive goal four minutes from time. It was an excellent finish from the 22-year-old from Northern Ireland club Glenavon who broke down the right and drilled home an angled shot across the keeper and inside the far side netting. He looks a decent size and able to stand up to the physicality in League Two, and if he pops up with a few more goals he’ll no doubt secure a place in Robins’s squad."

Fans on social media seemed similar impressed:

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Who is Greg Moorhouse?

As I write, on July 10, Moorhouse is celebrating his 23rd birthday. No doubt the present he wants more than any other is a full-time contract.

He made 39 appearances for Glenavon last season, netting 15 goals in the process and contributing nine assists. Those goals included a hat-trick against Ballymena United on January 3 and that record seems to have been enough to persuade the English side to give him a chance.

He originally signed for Glenavon last summer from Leinster Senior League side Crumlin United. The Lurgan club have plucked a few notable players from the lower leagues south of the border in recent seasons, including Guy Bates and Conor Dillon.

It is Moorhouse's pace that is his greatest asset. He is properly lightning quick and has ability to add to it. He's tall too - and good with his head. Combine those and it isn't hard to see how he racked up 15 goals in his first season in senior football. Working under former Northern Ireland striker and Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton will certainly have helped his progress.

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