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GEORGE O'BOYLE is ending 13 chequered years in Scotland to come home to Glenavon. But the Northern Ireland striker insists: "It's a challenge, not an easy option. I know what is expected of me."

At 34, the Belfast man with 13 caps points out: "There's less mileage on me than my age suggests. Surgery on a knee and groin cost a couple of years. Now I'm cashing in on that lost time.

"There were opportunities to stay in Scotland but the game is in a mess there. Motherwell are in receivership and loads of my friends are taking pay cuts just to keep playing.

"I'd always intended coming back to the Irish League eventually and this feels the right moment.

"I was really impressed when Glenavon flew me over for a look at Mourneview. It's a lovely modern set up and my old St Johnstone team mate Gerard McMahon is on the books. He convinced me the club is on the up.

"And Colm Malone says I won't be the last experienced name moving into Mourneview. …