Gary Hamilton hoping for speedy resolution to Guy Bates contract offer

Guy Bates. Pic by John McVitty.
Guy Bates. Pic by John McVitty.

Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton is hoping to sort out striker Guy Bates’ future “as soon as possible”.

Bates has been offered a new contract at Mourneview Park but is yet to confirm his intentions.

Speculation linking the 28-year-old striker with a move to Linfield surfaced following the club’s Irish Cup success last weekend.

Hamilton – who signed former Coleraine forward Eoin Bradley last week – is keen to finalise Bates’ future before planning ahead for next season, with Glenavon currently being linked with released Linfield duo Michael Gault and Mark McAllister.

“Guy is away on holidays, so he has a couple of weeks to think things over,” Hamilton said.

“We have offered a new deal to Guy and we will sort things out when he comes back.

“We have to move quickly, because when good players become available in this league they get snapped up pretty quickly.

“Billy Joe Burns was signed by Crusaders and Robbie Garrett was signed by Portadown.

“We need to know how the ground lies, in case we want to bring someone else in.

“We have European football to look forward to this summer, but it won’t be long before those qualifiers come around.

“Obviously, we would love Guy to stay at the club. He has done fantastic for us over the past two seasons.

“In saying that, if he decides to move on, then we move on also. Mark Haughey went to Linfield and we found another partnership at the back.”

Meanwhile, Roddy Collins has parted company with Derry City having met with the club chairman Philip O’Doherty on Sunday night.

The Dubliner, who left the Brandywell club by “mutual consent,” had been in charge for the past seven months and won just twice in 12 games. Assistant Peter Hutton has taken charge in the interim.