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Redman: my future with Glens is still up in the air

By Graham Luney

Glentoran defender Ross Redman says he has no desire to leave the club but hasn't had talks yet regarding his future.

The former Portadown ace's contract expires at the end of the season and rival clubs are monitoring developments.

Redman has enjoyed his time with the Glens and appreciates the backing the fans have given him.

The 28-year-old wants to help the Glens consolidate a top-six spot and push for Irish Cup success but he's also waiting to hear the club's outlook on his future.

"I'm really enjoying it at the Glens but my contract is up at the end of this season," said Redman.

"I'll have a chat with the club to see how we feel. It's a great club and if they want me to stay I'll definitely consider it.

"I've a great relationship with the manager Gary Haveron, Steven Mills and the chairman Stephen Henderson.

"As one of the more experienced players I've been asked to help the younger players.

"We got a lot of injuries at the wrong time and there will be inconsistency with young players.

"If we can get everyone fit, we can finish strongly.

"European money is massive for clubs now and if you don't have that you need to cut budgets. At the start of the season we blew a few teams away and expectation levels rose. That has petered off but we want another surge to really fight for a European place.

"Ballinamallard this weekend will be another hard game as they have strengthened their squad and David Kee has come back. They are at home and trying to close the gap to Carrick. Ourselves and Ballymena are fighting for top six and we have a tough Irish Cup draw away to a good young and hungry Ballyclare side who are doing well in the Championship."

Redman also sent his best wishes to Rangers legend Nacho Novo who hung up his boots after a season with Glentoran.

Novo's arrival was inevitably greeted with much more fanfare than Redman's move to the east Belfast club in the summer of 2016 but the Spaniard was often the target of criticism as he struggled to turn back the clock.

The 38-year-old is recovering after undergoing a heart operation in Germany.

"Nacho was brilliant, a real character," added Redman. "He got a lot of stick but I felt it was unwarranted. People thought he was going to be the player he was 10 years ago but the players and him knew that couldn't happen. It was great to have a player of that experience on board but he wasn't going to score 20 goals.

"In his career he was a player who worked hard and got about people. He was good at helping the young lads and was always happy to help. There was a sideshow around him but in the dressing room he was great and it was unfortunate it didn't work out better for him. I texted him recently to wish him well."

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