Rhys Marshall Returns to Mourneview Park

Glenavon is delighted to announce that Rhys Marshall has agreed terms on a three-year contract and will return to Mourneview Park when his current agreement with Glentoran ends.

The 29-year-old, who still lives in Lurgan, spent his formative years in the Glenavon Academy before breaking into the first team during the 2013-14 season. He won Irish Cup winners’ medals in 2014 and 2016 and was a part of the team which challenged for the Premiership title in 2017-2018.

In January 2020 he left Mourneview Park to join Shamrock Rovers. He was a member of the Rovers’ side which won the 2020 Premier Division Championship but lost to Dundalk in the FAI Cup Final.

He subsequently put pen to paper for Glentoran where he has been a first-team regular.

Rhys has been capped by Northern Ireland at U-21 international level.

Stephen McDonnell is delighted with the signing. “Rhys is an outstanding talent,” he said. “He is the calibre of player we want to bring to the football club. He has a lot of experience as well as ability.”

McDonnell feels that Rhys also offers a measure of versality. “Although he made his name as a right back, he can also play in other defensive positions and in midfield. He will give us a range of options.”

Chairman Adrian Teer is equally pleased. “The board is delighted that Rhys is returning home,” he commented. “Everyone knows how gifted he is. The directors are committed to supporting the manager in attracting talented players. This is an indication of our determination to improve the squad between now and the start of next season.”