Gary Hamilton has confirmed to the website this evening (Thursday) that exciting young midfielder Mark Sykes has signed a two year extension to his contract and Daniel Kearns has agreed to stay until the end of the season.

Sykes, who only turned 18 in August this year,┬áhas recently established himself as a regular starter in Glenavon’s midfield and has been putting in some impressive performances alongside veteran Andy Kilmartin who also signed a contract extension earlier today.

Crusaders Jordan Owens and Glenavon's Mark Sykes during a recent game. Photo Alan Weir

Crusaders Jordan Owens and Glenavon’s Mark Sykes during a recent game. Photo Alan Weir

Speculation had been rife that Kearns was interesting a number of sides both in the Irish League and across the water so securing this commitment from the talented attacking midfielder is a real coup for Gary and Glenavon FC.

Daniel Kearns celebrates after scoring to make it 2-0 in last Friday's game against Carrick Rangers. Photo by TONY HENDRON/Presseye.com

Daniel Kearns celebrates after scoring to make it 2-0 in last Friday’s game against Carrick Rangers. Photo by TONY HENDRON/Presseye.com