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Premier League club joins race to sign Glenavon star Caolan Marron

Caolan Marron
Caolan Marron

By Steven Beacom in the Sunday Life

Glenavon assistant manager Paul Millar has revealed that talented young centre-back Caolan Marron is a target for an English Premier League side.

It is understood that Cardiff City amongst others are monitoring the 20-year-old’s progress, which has been considerable under the guidance of boss Gary Hamilton and Millar at Mourneview Park.

Due to a leg injury, Marron had to come off after 29 minutes of Saturday’s 1-0 home win over Dungannon Swifts, secured thanks to a deflected Josh Daniels strike. Before then, the latest whizzkid from Glenavon’s production line showed his class at the back and in bringing the ball out of defence.

The feeling in Lurgan is he has all the attributes to join the likes of ex-Glenavon heroes Bobby Burns and Mark Sykes in the professional ranks.

“I know there is at least one Premier League club watching Caolan,” said Millar, who knows what it takes to make it across the water from his time with Port Vale and Cardiff.

“He’s played regularly in the last two or three years for us and he is still only 20. He is fast, he talks, he can tackle, he has two good feet and is really comfortable on the ball.

“Every Irish League club would sign him tomorrow and I thought he was outstanding against Dungannon before he went off.”

Millar added that he was shocked Marron wasn’t called into the Northern Ireland under-21 side for their upcoming friendlies versus Bulgaria and Mexico.

“I can’t believe he hasn’t been called into the under-21s,” said Millar.

“I think he is the best young centre back in Ireland, never mind Northern Ireland.

“You’d hate to lose a player like that for Northern Ireland over something like this.  I know they can only pick so many but for me it was a no-brainer.”

Glenavon have already exported two young stars across the water in the past year as Bobby Burns joined Hearts last year before Mark Sykes moved to Oxford United in January.

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