Belfast Telegraph

Shane McCabe still on Portaadown's radar, says Ronnie McFall

Ronnie McFall hasn’t given up hope of bringing Shane McCabe to Portadown.

The Glens slapped a £10,000 asking price on the midfielder’s head — and offered a player exchange deal with Neil McCafferty — but McFall was unwilling to do business.

However, the 28-year-old could still make the switch as talks between the clubs are ongoing.

“We haven’t spoken to Shane,” said McFall. “If Glentoran reduce their valuation then something could happen but we have until Tuesday to make something happen so it’s a case of wait and see.

“We have a few irons in the fire and I’m hopeful as we want to bring a few players in.”

The Ports visit Dungannon Swifts tonight, still searching for their first win of the season.

A 1-0 defeat to Glenavon was followed by a disappointing 3-1 loss to Ballymena United — surprising results for a team that performed so heroically on the European stage.

Linfield also struggled to hit the ground running after their solid performance against Rosenborg, and McFall admits there has been a European hangover.

“The Carling Premiership is a very different game and the players need to adjust to that more physical style,” said the Ports boss.

“In Europe you are given more time on the ball but it is still early stages and we will hit back.

“The performance against Ballymena United was very poor but we need to get that out of our system.”

The Swifts can take confidence from their stunning win over Linfield and McFall is expecting a rough ride.

“It’s a hard game for us as I view it as a derby match and they have a few ex-Portadown men in their side,” added McFall.

“They will be up for it and I’m expecting a tough match. They have recorded a great win over Linfield already.”

Meanwhile, Dungannon Swifts striker Timmy Adamson has agreed a new one-year deal with the Stangmore Park club ahead of the Ports showdown.

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