Warrenpoint Town v Glenavon: Barry Gray insists Daniel Hughes will not be leaving Milltown this summer

Daniel Hughes
Daniel Hughes

If Barry Gray needed any reminding of the value of Daniel Hughes, the striker demonstrated it on Wednesday.

Hughes – a summer target of Linfield – bagged a sublime first-half goal as Warrenpoint threatened a shock against Portadown.

The Ports would bounce back with two goals of their own in the second half, inflicting Warrenpoint’s second defeat of the season.

With two weeks of the transfer window remaining, Gray continues to be pressed about the future of his striking talisman.

But the message remains resolute from the Milltown boss.

“There is nothing more on Daniel, and there won’t be,” Gray said.

“He is not for sale and he won’t be going anywhere – it is pretty simple.

“Daniel is happy at Warrenpoint. He signed a new contract with us during the summer and he loves it here.

“Nothing has changed in that respect. He wants to stay and I am delighted with that.

“Long may that last.

“It has been unsettling for him and it will continue to be unsettling until the end of the transfer window.

“It is one of those things and Daniel just has to deal with it. Wednesday was his first game and he has done well, and scored a wonderful goal.

“His original free-kick was rubbish, but the follow-up was superb. He will try and tell me that he meant it as a one-two.

“He has done well for us, but it will be harder for him this season. Teams are now familiar with his quality and ability.”