Daniel Kearns extends Glenavon contract until end of season

Daniel Kearns
Daniel Kearns started his career at West Ham and has had spells with Peterborough United and Carlisle United

Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton has been boosted by the news that Daniel Kearns has agreed to remain at the Mourneview Park club until the end of the season.

The 24-year-old has scored five goals in seven league games and was a target for a number of clubs as he aims to make a return to full-time football.

"We all thought we would lose Daniel in January," admitted Hamilton.

"Part of the agreement with him coming here was he had a get out clause. He's a top talent, we're lucky to have him."

"For him to agree to stay until the end of the season is a massive boost. He has made a huge impact since he came and made a positive contribution to us.

"Even for the Irish League to hold onto a player like him can only be positive."

The Lurgan Blues have also retained the services of Andy Kilmartin on a one-year extension and Mark Sykes on a two-year contract ahead of their visit to Coleraine on Saturday.

Bannsiders boss Oran Kearney has challenged his players to repeat their 11-match unbeaten league run, which ended with last week's 1-0 defeat to Linfield at Windsor Park.

Win eases pressure on Healy

In contrast, the Blues halted a four-match losing streak with victory over Kearney's side and David Healy's side now entertain Ballinamallard United.

Second-placed Cliftonville trail their north Belfast rivals by eight points with a match in hand but the Solitude outfit have captain Ryan Catney and defender Jaimie McGovern suspended as they host Dungannon Swifts.

Basement strugglers Warrenpoint Town will aim to end a 12-match losing sequence against Ballymena United at the Showgrounds.

The Carrick Rangers v Crusaders and Portadown v Glentoran games were called off on Saturday morning because of waterlogged pitches.

Glentoran have signed Chris Lavery from Championship One side Lurgan Celtic but the 25-year-old former Glenavon and Dungannon Swifts player will not be eligible to join the Oval outfit until the New Year.

Basement strugglers Warrenpoint Town will aim to end a 12-match losing sequence against Ballymena United at the Showgrounds.

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