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Sammy Clingan: I'm fighting fit and ready to extend career with Glenavon

 

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Sammy Clingan has slotted in well at Mourneview Park.

Sammy Clingan has slotted in well at Mourneview Park.

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Sammy Clingan has slotted in well at Mourneview Park.

"If I can get around the pitch, I'll play!" declares Sammy Clingan as he considers his future at Mourneview Park.

The 36-year-old former Northern Ireland midfielder is out of contract in the summer and will speak to Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton about his future before making a decision.

Clingan joined the Lurgan Blues from Linfield in 2017 and has been a revelation in the middle of the park when playing his role of midfield general.

He signed a one year deal last year with a view to reviewing it when this season was scheduled to end before the coronavirus wiped the game out.

A troublesome Achilles problem saw Clingan flit in and out of the team this year but he insists he is feeling good again and if he can maintain his fitness he will look to stay in the game.

"If I can still get around the pitch, I'll play," Clingan told Sunday Life Sport. "It's one of those ones, I will speak to Gary and we will take it from there.

"Gary has always been straight with me, we have a good relationship and if I feel fit enough we'll sit down and talk.

"I've just done a 5km run and I felt really good, really strong.

"We have been sent programmes to keep ourselves fit, we wear GPS vests and my figures have all been really good, I'm putting in good times.

"My Achilles was giving me trouble on and off through the season and I think my last appearance was the draw against Crusaders when I came off at half-time.

"It's always frustrating being injured but particularly this season when we haven't done as well and I just want to be able to help my team-mates.

"We'll see what happens in the coming weeks and months and I will speak to Gary, but I have made no decision on my future at present."

Belfast Telegraph