Jonny Tuffey relishing linking up with Gary Hamilton at Mourneview

Jonny Tuffey in action against Glenavon last season
Jonny Tuffey in action against Glenavon last season

Jonny Tuffey admits he can’t wait to link up with Gary Hamilton at Glenavon.

Tuffey – who was released by Linfield last week – has signed a two-year deal with the Lurgan Blues.

The former Northern Ireland goalkeeper made a total of 77 appearances for the Blues over the course of two seasons.

The 28-year-old also had a spell in Scotland with clubs including Partick Thistle.

“I am delighted to have sorted out my future so quickly,” Tuffey said.

“I can’t wait to get started with Glenavon and working with Gary and the other lads in the squad.

“It is an exciting challenge and I can’t wait to get started. There is plenty of competition for the number one jersey but that’s what you need as a player.”

Glenavon boss Hamilton added: “I am delighted to get Jonny on board.

“He is an experienced goalkeeper who has played for Northern Ireland, and also across the water.

“James McGrath finished the season strongly, and now we have good competition for the jersey.

“I want to have at least two players fighting for each position and now we have that.

“The players can push each other and hopefully bring the best out of each other.”

Hamilton admits Tuffey will have a fight on his hands to tie down the number one jersey.

“Jonny knows he hasn’t been brought here as the number one goalkeeper,” Hamilton added.

“He will have to work hard over pre-season, as will James, and then whoever is performing best will start the new season.

“Jonny understands that.”