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Former Northern Ireland star Sammy Clingan's career could be ended by knee injury


Treatment room: Sammy Clingan’s career could be over after latest injury woe

Treatment room: Sammy Clingan’s career could be over after latest injury woe

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Treatment room: Sammy Clingan’s career could be over after latest injury woe

Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton says he fears Sammy Clingan's career could be over.

The former Northern Ireland midfielder may have to bring the curtain down on his career as he nurses a knee injury which requires surgery.

The 37-year-old started his first game in 11 months in Glenavon's defeat by Linfield on January 2 but this latest injury setback is a cruel blow.

"I'm gutted for him - when he texted me, I was devastated," said Hamilton.

"Sammy's a great lad, somebody that I hold in the highest esteem.

"To have the privilege of being on a football pitch with him at Glenavon Football Club and to say that I've played with him was an honour because he's one of the best there's been about, especially to come back and play in this league."

The former Nottingham Forest, Coventry City and Kilmarnock ace earned 39 caps for Northern Ireland between 2006 and 2014.

Meanwhile, Portadown will strive to honour the memory of Ronnie Stinson in the days, months and years ahead, says club director Peter Hunniford.

Following the passing of popular Portadown chairman Stinson this week at the age of 70 after a long illness, warm tributes from the club were paid to a man renowned for his selfless and outstanding service to the mid-Ulster outfit.

Ports director Hunniford said: "What I would say about Ronnie is that the club's best interests were always in his heart.

"He didn't want any limelight or any fuss but he wanted to make sure the club survived and to come in at the darkest days of the club and take the position of Chairman a few years ago and help along with David Jameson as Vice-Chairman in a transition period and bring new directors on and stabilise the club tells you about Ronnie.

"Without his leadership I don't know if we would have got through those dark days.

"Ronnie formed a new board and he led us in helping get the club where we are now. He felt having a structure in place to bring young players through was important and it's up to us in Ronnie's memory to take that on and continue and work as hard as we can and move Portadown forward."

Belfast Telegraph