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Snoddy can energise our campaign, insists Tuffey

Goalkeeper Johnny Tuffey
Goalkeeper Johnny Tuffey

By Alex Mills

Goalkeeper Johnny Tuffey believes the recent addition of Matthew Snoddy can help kick-start Glenavon's flagging season.

The midfielder was snapped up in midweek on a loan deal from Crusaders and is an ideal replacement for Rhys Marshall, who joined League of Ireland side Shamrock Rovers at the weekend.

Even though the Lurgan Blues' chances of nudging into the top six in the Danske Bank Premiership table are diminishing rapidly, Tuffey insists it's crucial his team produce a strong second half to the season, starting with Institute at Mourneview Park today.

"I think bringing in Skimmer (Snoddy) is shrewd piece of business by Gary (Hamilton)," stated the former Northern Ireland international shot stopper.

"When he (Snoddy) was in the Crues team against us, he always had an impact on the game. He is full of energy and hunger and he's got lots of quality.

"It will suit him to get some minutes under his belt because he's been out for a lot time and he will be a great benefit to us after losing Rhys last week.

"Skimmer has won medals at Crusaders and he knows what it takes to win big games, that experience will be vital."

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After making their Irish Cup exit last weekend when losing to Coleraine, Tuffey insists it's crucial his team get back on winning track again.

He added: "Inconsistency is the word that would describe our season.

"Yes, we have lost a lot of quality players, but that happens. We've got new players in through the door and we've got to build on what we've got."

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