Linfield fee halts Glentoran's Boyd move
Glentoran's striker search has hit a stumbling block.
And it has been put in their way by Big Two rivals Linfield.
Glens manager Eddie Patterson wants to sign Aaron Boyd, who left Lisburn Distillery after their relegation from the Premiership last season, but has been put off by a potential cash sum that would have to be paid to the Blues.
Boyd was a youth player at Windsor Park before moving to Coleraine on amateur terms.
He was also registered as an amateur with the Whites, but if the Glens sign him as a professional it will trigger the payment of a development fee to Linfield.
It is understood that the Glens aren't keen to pay up and signing him as an amateur is an option which may bring difficulties of its own.
Patterson wants more firepower after seeing Andy Waterworth leave the Oval for Windsor Park just days after his two goals won the Irish Cup.
Mark Miskimmin and Jordan Hughes have arrived at the club but Patterson still wants to add more depth and experience to his front line.
Miskimmin also has two more games to serve of a three-match suspension which has carried over from last season.
Meanwhile, Glens shot-stopper Elliott Morris is targeting more silverware in his testimonial season – just after lifting the Irish Cup on his 32nd birthday.
"It was a very tough season for us but we won the Irish Cup and qualified for Europe. We are all proud of that," said Morris who has enjoyed a remarkable 11-year spell on Mersey Street.
"The players and supporters deserve a lot of credit for getting Glentoran through that difficult time and hopefully better times are ahead."
When pushed to identify his favourite save, Morris can't remember who delivered the shot!
"My favourite save was up at Coleraine when we were closing in on the league title under Alan McDonald," said Morris.
"I can't recall who hit the shot but Coleraine were on top at that stage. We went on to win and it was a big win in the title race.
"I was going one way and the ball came across me but I managed to tip it over. It was very important because we got the result and went on to win the league."