Belfast Telegraph

£900-a-week spectator

Cash-strapped Glentoran are prepared to pay £900-a-week to keep star striker Gary Hamilton sitting on the sidelines next season.

The Glens have entered into a costly stand-off with 30-year-old former Northern Ireland international Hamilton after his one-season loan deal ended with his home town club Glenavon.

Who will blink first remains to be seen, but eyebrows are sure to be raised at Glentoran continuing to pay Hamilton’s weekly wage in full while refusing to play him — so soon after being bailed out of financial troubles by a £450,000 anonymous donation.

It’s unlikely to play well either with government paymasters and the football public at a time when clubs are meant to be getting their house in order. Out-of-favour Hamilton, reckoned to be the Irish League’s highest paid player, is now facing the prospect of watching from the sidelines next season after being frozen out by Glens boss Scott Young.

The prolific goalscorer has been told he does not figure in the manager’s first team plans and that he will be training with the reserves.

The five-times capped Hamilton, is, however, wanted back on loan next season at Lurgan club Glenavon.

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