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Sammy Clingan: I have more to give to Glenavon and haven't retired yet

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Sammy Clingan

Sammy Clingan

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Sammy Clingan

Former Northern Ireland hero Sammy Clingan has been keeping fit during lockdown and is hoping to continue playing for Glenavon.

The 36-year-old, now living in Glasgow with wife Corinne and ninth-month-old son Louis, was last weekend inundated with messages of goodwill from people who thought he had retired after he posted on Twitter that it had been 20 years to the day since he made the move from Belfast to England to become a professional.

Clearly, however, there is plenty of football left in the classy midfielder, who has been outstanding for Glenavon since joining Gary Hamilton's side in 2017.

"Lots of people were texting me saying well done on your career but I haven't retired," explains former Nottingham Forest and Coventry ace Clingan, who also featured for Linfield in 2016-17.

"It was a tweet to say that it was 20 years since I moved away from home and that the time had gone in the blink of an eye.

"I feel good, I have been doing my own fitness work over lockdown, running and cycling, and I hope to speak to Gary and the Glenavon chairman (Adrian Teer) soon.

"I think Gary wants me to stay and hopefully we can get something sorted.

"Glenavon is a club that I love. They have treated me so well and I would like to keep playing and helping the club."

Belfast Telegraph