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Glenavon snap up striker Stephen Donnelly for new season

Gary Hamilton has brought in a new striker
Gary Hamilton has brought in a new striker
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Glenavon have brought in striker Stephen Donnelly from Irish side Usher Celtic for the new season.

Earlier today it was confirmed that Marc Griffin would leave the Lurgan Blues for Warrenpoint Town, but manager Gary Hamilton has quickly brought in a replacement.

Donnelly, 25, had been approached by Glenavon over a potential move last season, however he instead decided to join boyhood club Bohemians instead where found opportunities limited.

He then moved mid-season to Usher Celtic in the Athletic Union League, where he grabbed a stunning 44 goals to finish as the league's top goalscorer and Player of the Season.

"Stephen scored 44 goals last season, albeit at a lower standard, but you still have to score the goals,” Hamilton told Glenavon's official website.

"I watched him in two games recently and he scored a hat trick in both so he’s somebody who knows where the back of the net is and we’re hoping he’ll add goals to the team.

"The season only finished down there last week and they’ve played around 60 games so we’ll have to manage him right over pre-season so he doesn’t burn out in January.

"Our boys are back in this week at pre-season so he’ll come up and get to know the boys and get a bit of TLC and treatment. We’ll rest him and give him a few minutes in the odd game and hope to have him ready for the European games."

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