Gary Hamilton believes Glenavon’s newfound spirit and character can be attributed to the club’s summer signings.
Eyebrows were raised when Hamilton drafted in veteran duo William ‘Winkie’ Murphy and David Rainey.
It wasn’t long before the Lurgan Blues were being affectionately named ‘Dad’s Army’ given their recruitment drive.
The injection of experience has reaped dividends this season, however, with Glenavon continuing to flirt with the top spots after 13 games.
They currently sit third in the Danske Bank Premiership, with hopes of a top-six finish already appearing well within reach.
“I know I keep harping on about it, but the summer signings have made a big difference,” Hamilton said.
“Winkie and Davy might be getting on in years, but their experience is priceless.
“I also signed Gareth McKeown and Shane McCabe who know the Premiership well, and they have all contributed to the successful season we are having.
“These players don’t know the meaning of losing. They are born winners, and that is something we have been lacking in recent years.
“It is great for our younger players to line up beside these lads, and they will learn so much.
“Last season we wouldn’t have won as many games as we have this season. We would probably have thrown the towel in during some games.
“But now we have the experience and character, and any time we have lost we usually bounce back with a victory.
“That is important in this league.”