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Moorhouse returns to Glenavon in Hamilton's search for more goals

Back north: Greg Moorhouse has rejoined Glenavon
Back north: Greg Moorhouse has rejoined Glenavon

By Ian Callender

Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton should have four new players available today for their clash with Danske Bank Premiership leaders Cliftonville at Solitude.

Striker Greg Moorhouse is the latest addition to the squad, returning to Mourneview after spells at Sligo Rovers and, for the last two seasons, Shelbourne, while last month's trio of signings, Dylan Davidson, Danny Purkis and Conan Byrne, also come into contention for a starting slot.

Moorhouse, 25, who scored 15 goals in just 31 starts and eight substitute appearances in his previous spell at Glenavon three seasons ago, has rejoined the club on an 18-month deal.

Davidson, although still only 20, has already played for Glentoran and Coleraine, and the left-sided midfielder was snapped up last month from Harland & Wolff Welders on a short-term contract until the end of the season.

Purkis, 24, another strker, has also been at The Oval and the Welders but joins from Amateur League side East Belfast on a two-and-a-half year deal, while Byrne, 34, is an experienced right sided midfielder who spent six seasons with St Patrick's Athletic but spent last season alongside Moorhouse at Shelbourne. He was also signed on an 18-month deal.

Lurgan Blues boss Gary Hamilton will hope the competition for places will continue their climb up the table - the point from the 1-1 draw against Warrenpoint on Saturday enough to leapfrog them above Ballymena United into seventh place and just five points off the top half of the table.

Hamilton admits he is looking for more consistency in the second half of the season.

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"In terms of performance, we need a few more points on board, and have to start taking our chances," said the manager.

"Saturday summed up our season, we played well but lacked composure in front of goal, shooting straight at the goalkeeper instead of trying to find the corner of the net, which good strikers do.

"The players we have signed will, in my opinion, all contribute goals and help us to win matches going forward this year.

"We also have to tighten up at the back, of course. Defensively we've not been nearly good enough this year (they have conceded 50 goals in their 22 league games) but there's been reasons for that with the amount of changes we've had to make in terms of our back four, although that's been more settled recently.

"But if we start taking our chances it will give us more breathing space and not put us under so much pressure."

Cliftonville, meanwhile, have made Joe Gorman available for a free transfer. The 25-year-old defender joined the Reds in December 2018 and has made 36 appearances.

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