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Wanted Rhys Marshall discusses future with contract set to expire at Glenavon

Wanted man: Rhys Marshall is considering his future
Wanted man: Rhys Marshall is considering his future

By Steven Beacom

Glenavon hero Rhys Marshall has revealed he will weigh up his options before deciding his future.

Marshall was one of a number of impressive performers as the Lurgan Blues earned their second league win of the season, coming from behind to defeat Ballymena United at Mourneview Park.

Cathair Friel gave the visitors the lead early on finishing off a fantastic move but, after Marshall fired in before the break, Glenavon deservedly claimed the victory in the second period when Steven McCullough scored an own goal trying to deal with Aaron Harmon's cross and substitute Jordan Jenkins sealed the deal in the dying seconds.

With Linfield, Crusaders and Larne interested in Marshall, Glenavon have offered the 24-year-old a new contract to stay long-term at Mourneview.

Asked about his future at the weekend, Marshall said: "Obviously there has been a lot of talk about it and I've said I want to wait. I'm in no rush.

"I'm 25 soon and I think this is my seventh season at the club and it is a big decision for me."

While who he plays for next season may be open to debate, what is certain is that Marshall is a massive player for Glenavon right now.

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Boss Gary Hamilton, who has moved him into midfield from right-back, believes he can be the best player in that position in the Irish League.

"The manager is telling me to get forward and get beyond the strikers," added Marshall.

"I think we have been missing that and it is working so I'll keep doing it and hopefully the goals will keep coming.

"I like to be on the ball and sometimes at right-back you are having to defend more. I'm enjoying midfield.

"It's a tough shift and the last few weeks it has been me and Robert Garrett against three in there. I like to be up the pitch trying to get shots and headers on target.

"The most important thing on Saturday was to get the victory. I think that win was coming because we've had good performances recently. It was a matter of time before it clicked."

Ballymena boss David Jeffrey, who is missing a string of key players through injury at present, said: "I thought we did well in the first-half and scored a brilliant goal, then they equalised with an equally good goal but an error cost us in the second-half."

GLENAVON: Tuffey, Doyle, Daniels (McCloskey, 56 mins), Marshall, Mitchell (Murray, 81 mins), Hall (Jenkins, 79 mins), Burns, Singleton, Garrett, Harmon, O'Mahony. Unused subs: Larmour, Marron, Clingan, Wearan.

BALLYMENA: Ross Glendinning, Addis, Mayse, Friel (K Kane, 79 mins), McCullough, Carville (Lavery, 63 mins), McGrory, Balmer, Winchester, Ervin, Millar. Unused subs: Williamson, Whiteside, McGinty, Kelly, Warnock.

Referee: Steven Gregg (Newtownabbey)

Man of the match: Aaron Harmon

Match rating: 7/10

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