Gary Hamilton believes the future of Daniel Kearns could dictate Glenavon’s Premiership prospects this season.
Kearns – who arrived at the club last month – has scored in the Lurgan Blues’ last three Danske Bank Premiership outings, including the opener in last week’s 3-2 win over Linfield.
It leaves Glenavon fifth in the table as they look to improve on last season’s third-place finish.
“Daniel has hit the ground running, but we knew that would happen because of his quality,” Hamilton said ahead of Saturday’s trip to Glentoran.
“The thing I like about Daniel is that he has a great work ethic. He is a talented footballer but he doesn’t mind doing the dirty work as well. He grafts and works hard and that’s a big part of why he is doing well.
“He is enjoying it here, and the players are delighted to have him on board. We would love to keep him at the club, but that all depends what happens in January.
“Daniel is contracted to the end of the season, but you never know what will happen during the transfer window. Daniel is a player in demand and there will be great interest in him.
“We will do everything in our power to keep Daniel, but that might not be possible financially.
“If we can hold onto Daniel then that will be a massive boost. It could be the difference to Glenavon fishing in the top three, and Glenavon finishing in the top six.
“Hopefully we can keep him for as long as we can. He is a great asset and a player we want at Mourneview Park.”