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LURGAN BLUES SNATCH MURRAY.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

LURGAN BLUES SNATCH MURRAY. thumbnailSTEPHEN Murray, left, has signed a two-and-a-half year deal with Glenavon.

STEPHEN Murray has left Warrenpoint Town for Glenavon on the first day of the transfer window.

The powerful forward has signed a two-and-a-half year contract with the Lurgan Blues, who sit in third place in the Danske Bank Premiership.

Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton, speaking to the Democrat within half an hour of the transfer taking place, said he was delighted to get his man after having watched Warrenpoint over the last few weeks.

"With the bad weather forcing a number of our games being called off I've been lucky enough to see Warrenpoint in recent weeks and that has allowed me to see Stephen in action," he said.

"A lot of what Warrenpoint did in those games was through Stephen. He's got pace, power and at Glenavon we like players with energy so he will fit right in with what we are trying to do." The loss of 29-year-old Murray will come as a blow to Matthew Tipton, who at the weekend was calling for his players to supply him, along with his now former strike partner Darren Murray, with more chances.

Darren Murray has been the subject of much transfer speculation in recent weeks, with rumours of Coleraine and Crusaders interested in him.

Describing the pair as "the most coveted strikers in the country", Tipton said: "We 're getting bids for them left, right and centre. But if we can't get the ball to them we're wasting our time.

"Stephen Murray is not scoring goals but he's a handful. I want him and Darren (Murray) in my team.

Stephen hasn't been scoring and his confidence might be a bit low in front of goal. But he's creating opportunities for other people. He's hard-working.

He has energy and pace and his running off the ball is good."

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