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Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton is hungry to raise the bar

By Conor McLaughlin

Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton says he's looking forward to the increased competition for places at Mourneview Park next season.

Having secured a number of young talents on new deals as well as persuading the more experienced figures of Simon Kelly and David Elebert to extend their Lurgan tenures, Hamilton - whose side will contest Europa League football this summer after their third-place finish in the Danske Bank Premiership - last week added former Linfield goalkeeper Jonny Tuffey to his ranks following Alan Blayney's return to Ballymena United.

Tuffey's arrival, says the Glenavon gaffer, will help the mid-Ulster outfit raise their standards further for the challenges next year will present.

"You always want two players battling with one another for every position, but since I've come to the club, goalkeeper is the one area we've not had that," explained Hamilton.

"It didn't work out with Alan Blayney because he had things going on off the field which meant we weren't able to get the best out of him on a consistent basis, but hopefully going back to Ballymena will help him get things back on track.

"We've brought in Jonny Tuffey and he'll compete with James McGrath, who has been fantastic for us in the year and a half he's been here.

"They're both very talented keepers and I'm looking forward to them pushing each other to get the best out of themselves and everyone else around them.

"We've got good competition everywhere across the squad now and fingers crossed, that will keep everyone on their toes to make sure we're in good shape for next season."

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