Glenavon have re-signed Sammy Clingan until the end of the season.

The former Northern Ireland international midfielder has scored 19 goals in 61 games, including three as a substitute, for the Lurgan Blues.

Lurgan Blues manager Gary Hamilton explained: “Sammy had a problem with his calf at the start of the season. However, he has been through rehab, we have been keeping an eye on him over the last five or six weeks and we’re now in a position to sign him.

“Anyone who follows Glenavon knows Sammy’s quality and what he brings to the club. Not only that but he plays an important role in the changing room, in particular his experience which helps in bringing the younger players through.”

The 36-year-old will be available for Saturday’s trip to Warrenpoint Town – and the timing could not be better with a number of injuries hampering Glenavon’s preparations.

“Peter Campbell and Michael O’Connor are unfortunately both out, while we have doubts over Conor McCloskey and Danny Purkis, which is unfortunate but it is what it is,” added Gary.

“Warrenpoint are probably the team I’ve watched the most over the last few weeks. I saw them against Coleraine last weekend and against Glentoran during the week.

“They are a good team with plenty of pace in the wide areas which they will use to try and hurt us, and they have experience with the likes of Gavin Peers in their squad.

“We have been playing well ourselves so we will be going into the game feeling confident, but we will treat Warrenpoint with the respect they deserve.”

LAST TIME OUT: Saturday, December 28, 2019 – Glenavon endured a frustrating 1-1 draw against Warrenpoint Town, who at the time were bottom of the Premiership.

The visitors took the lead on 11 minutes when Brandon Doyle converted from Alan O’Sullivan’s cutback.

James Singleton headed home Kyle Beggs’ cross in the 52nd minute to equalise for Glenavon, but while the Lurgan Blues continued to heap the pressure on for the remainder of the match, they just couldn’t find that elusive second goal and had to settle for a point in their final fixture of 2019.


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