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Mark Sykes set to finalise League Two move as Glenavon suffer double blow

Mark Sykes
Mark Sykes
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Glenavon are set to lose two influential players during the January transfer window.

As we reported on Saturday afternoon, Ben Doherty will not be extending his stay at Mourneview Park after his loan spell from Derry City. Instead, he will move to Coleraine with Bannsiders midfielder Ciaron Harkin going in the opposite direction.

Now star midfielder Mark Sykes is set to finalise his move to League Two side Port Vale after overcoming initial difficulties in discussing personal terms. It is thought he could already have played his final game for his current club in Saturday's 3-3 draw with Institute.

After the game, Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton said: "(Mark) is with his agent trying to agree terms with Port Vale to get the deal done.

“If Mark leaves he deserves his chance. He has been a great servant to the football club in the short space of time he has been here.

“He has been a tremendous player in the Irish League and will only get better with full-time training. He is another potential Northern Ireland international in the long run and hopefully Port Vale will be just a stepping stone for him.”

Glenavon will recall midfielder Robbie Norton from his loan spell at Warrenpoint Town to help fill the void in their squad. The club have already announced the signing of Sligo Rovers centre-back Seamus Sharkey.

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