27 May 2022
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Glentoran striker Conor McMenamin has been called up to the senior Northern Ireland squad for the forthcoming UEFA Nations League games against Greece, Cyprus and Kosovo.

The 26-year-old bagged 22 goals for Glentoran in 42 outings in the season just finished, and was joint fourth highest scorer across all competitions.

His performances through the campaign attracted the attention of boss Ian Baraclough who said, "It's recognition for the really good season he's had. I think he's been one of the top three outstanding players in the Irish League."

For his part McMenamin has expressed his delight at being named amongst the 28-man panel for next month's quadruple header.

"When the manager rang me on Saturday to make me aware I was going to be called up into the team I was buzzing. It was a good feeling and a great reward for the season I had.

"When you're scoring goals every other week it breeds confidence and when I go onto the pitch at the minute I feel like I can score goals.

"It's great for the Irish League and just shows that if you're doing well there the manager is looking at the league, and he's not afraid to pick someone who's doing well."

Also named with the panel is 17-year-old keeper Josh Clarke who joined Glenavon on a temporary basis towards the end of the campaign.