Sensational switch as Mitchell and Marron move from Mourneview to Mersey Street

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Caolan Marron and Andrew Mitchell. Pic: Glentoran FC.

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Glentoran have boosted their Irish League title hopes by signing two of the star players from Glenavon.

They've snapped up striker Andrew Mitchell and Northern Ireland under-21 international defender Caolan Marron - the reigning NI Young Player of the Year.

Both have signed two and a half year deals and are available immediately.

Glens boss Mick McDermott has called them two of the best young players in the league.

He added that his assistant manager Paul Millar worked closely with both men when part of the coaching set-up at Glenavon "and he knows how much they can bring to Glentoran in the months and years ahead."



Interviews courtesy Glens TV/DigiVibe Media: 





It rounds off a busy week for McDermott who also secured extended contracts for Croatian pair midfielder Hrvoje Plum and goalkeeper Marijan Antolovic as well as Northern Ireland under-21s midfielder Chris Gallagher. 





Meanwhile, centre-back Calum Birney is moving in the opposite direction to join Glenavon as part of the Mitchell/Marron deal.

And Glens striker Darren Murray is off on loan to Carrick Rangers for the rest of the season.  

Another departure from Mourneview is forward Stephen Murray, who's joining Mid-Ulster neighbours Portadown as Lurgan Blues boss Gary Hamilton rebuilds his squad.

Glentoran go to Institute in their latest Danske Bank Premiership fixture on Saturday.

After topping the table last weekend, McDermott's men are now second on goal difference to Linfield following the Blues' victory away to another of the title contenders, Cliftonville, on Monday night.

Just three points separate the top five. 



Danske Bank Premiership fixtures

Saturday January 18, 3pm - 

Ballymena United vs Glenavon 
Carrick Rangers vs Cliftonville
Crusaders vs Larne 
Institute vs Glentoran
Linfield vs Dungannon Swifts
Warrenpoint Town vs Coleraine






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