15 Jul 2020
© Matt Mackey/INPHO Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton
Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton has swooped to bring another couple of players to the club, as well as agreeing extended terms with three members of the current squad.
Arriving at Mourneview Park are left winger Peter Campbell from Loughgall and striker Matthew Fitzpatrick in a switch from Coleraine.
Campbell, 22, joins on a three-year contract after a great season with the Villagers which produced 21 goals in 34 appearances across all competitions.
Fitzpatrick, meanwhile, found the net once in five outings for the Bannsiders before the curtailment of the season after making the move from Belfast Celtic during the January transfer window. The 25-year-old joins on a two-year contract.
Hamilton was delighted to be able to bring both players to the Lurgan Blues, revealing that both had been previous targets.
"[Peter] is a player I’ve been trying to get for a few years and I’m delighted to finally welcome him to Mourneview Park," he told the official club website.
"Back when we approached Loughgall their manager, Dean Smith, felt that he could do with a couple more years in the Championship. We also went back in for him in January when Coleraine were also trying to him.
"He has scored goals from the wing this season and he’s very creative too, that’s why we have signed him. He reminds me of Joel Cooper in that regard and I certainly hope that Peter can have the same impact with us that Joel had when he joined us from Ballyclare Comrades.
"Matthew is another player we tried to sign in January and I’m pleased to get him on a two-year deal. I watched him when he was at Belfast Celtic and tried to sign him along with Danny McKee, but he opted for Coleraine," he continued.
"He’s a very powerful athlete, a lot like Eoin Bradley, and Skinner is one of the hardest players to play against in the league. He’s someone I see as being very much in that mould.
“Matthew has a great attitude and is full of hunger and desire to do well. He was a talented gaelic player for Antrim and you have to admire a player of his skill giving up the sport to give football a crack."
In addition, Hamilton has confirmed three-year contract extensions with Robbie Norton (22), Ross Hunter (18) and 17-year-old Oisin Barr.
"Robbie is working hard to get fit after tearing his cruciate last summer, but he needs games in order to be able to challenge," said Hamilton.
“Everyone knows what I think of Ross and Oisin too, they’re two great young players. They both went out on loan in January but unfortunately, due to COVID it didn’t really happen for them."