Belfast Telegraph

Daniels eager to build on ideal start with new club Glenavon


By Adam McKendry

Josh Daniels says he couldn't have had a better start to his Glenavon career after scoring on his Lurgan Blues debut at the weekend.

Daniels made an instant impact at Mourneview Park, netting a late equaliser just minutes after coming on in their 2-2 draw with Glentoran on Friday night, and was a real danger in the closing minutes.

The 21-year-old winger joined Glenavon from Derry City, and is now eager to help his new team to success this season after their unbeaten start to the league campaign.

"Unbelievable," was Daniels' reaction to scoring his first goal for his new club.

"It's my first game, it's my debut, my home debut as well, and the fans were unreal, the place was packed.

"Even at the end, a lot of fans would leave at the end but they all stayed, and there's a lot of character and belief there to come back.

"We're undefeated in four games, that's not bad."

Daniels suffered tragedy in March 2016 when five members of his family including his mother Ruth and sister Jodie died at Buncrana Pier. He made a courageous return to football two months later and scored on his Derry City debut against Finn Harps.

And now, having made the move to the Irish League, the Derry man has asked for patience from the Lurgan Blues fans, saying once he's up to speed they can look forward to more from him.

"I like to expect a bit more from myself if I'm being honest," Daniels admitted. "I'm not match fit yet, I'm not 100%, I need 90 minutes. Even if it is with the reserves, I'll drop down.

"I played with the reserves the other night and the young boys are frightening, there's lots of talent.

"You come in here and you need to get your work done. I'd love to bring that every week if I could."

You can listen to the full interview with Daniels on the Belfast Telegraph website at

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