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GAME PLAN: Gary Hamilton has faith in his tried and tested formula of mixing youth with experience

GAME PLAN: Gary Hamilton has faith in his tried and tested formula of mixing youth with experience

GAME PLAN: Gary Hamilton has faith in his tried and tested formula of mixing youth with experience

Gary Hamilton insists there was as much relief as anticipation of the new season ahead when he welcomed Glenavon's players back to pre-season training.

The Lurgan Blues get the new campaign under way with a tasty derby game against newly-promoted Portadown at Mourneview Park next Saturday and, having drafted in experienced players such as Michael O'Connor, Colin Coates and Sean Ward, Hamilton is hoping for a good start but reveals he is just happy to be back after seven months away.

"People are struggling with the coronavirus pandemic and all the restrictions it has brought," Hamilton explains.