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Glenavon's Caolan Marron was named Man of the Match against Glentoran.

Glenavon's Caolan Marron was named Man of the Match against Glentoran.

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Glenavon's Caolan Marron was named Man of the Match against Glentoran.

Caolan Marron has just turned 20 but already has over 40 Danske Bank Premiership starts to his name.

If Gary Hamilton is to be believed, there could be bigger and better things waiting for the centre-half.

In fact, it's not just the Glenavon boss who is tipping his latest young star for big things, it's basically the entire Lurgan Blues' support, who are becoming more and more impressed with every game he plays.

Marron upstaged Elliott Morris' 700th Glentoran appearance, rightly named Man of the Match in the 1-1 draw at Mourneview Park on Saturday afternoon.

Glenavon saw Bobby Burns make a move to Hearts this summer while midfielder Mark Sykes is another tipped to seal a switch.

So just what could their latest emerging talent go on to achieve?

"People keep thinking I talk about my own players but I think that anybody who watches Caolan Marron will think that he has a real chance of making it across the water," Hamilton enthused, reminding reporters that the County Down lad has already impressed against a striker linked with Manchester United and Juventus.

"He cruises through games. After we played Molde the big lad (Erling Braut) Haaland that they were all talking about, he never game him a kick in the first leg.

"I can't sing his praises high enough. The one thing I will say if he keeps his feet on the ground, keeps working hard and doesn't get above himself, which sometimes young kids can, then he has got real potential of playing across the water.

"There are very few centre-halves who are strong in the air, can run, keep the ball. He has got everything, he maybe lacks a wee bit of height but he more than makes up with his strength and timing of his jumps."

Belfast Telegraph


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