Gary Hamilton has said that inflated wages within the Irish League have made this summer’s transfer window the most difficult he has faced as a manager.
The Glenavon boss was speaking as he announced contract extensions for long-serving pair Andy Hall and Andrew Doyle.
Hamilton added that with the departure of James Taylor through family commitments to Bangor, the club was on the lookout for a new goalkeeper as well as trying to add more quality to the rest of the squad.
However, he admitted that it was proving difficult.
“There are no players in this league who are out of contract who would interest us at this minute in time, that’s being brutally honest,” the Glenavon manager told the club's Media Team.
“The players who are would interest us we couldn’t compete for financially.
“That’s the problem and the situation we are in. That’s why we are looking to the southern leagues and the Leinster Senior League because the quality isn’t up here that we can afford.
“We’ve had to broaden our net and we’ve talked to another couple of players down there. There’s nothing finalised and we don’t know if there will be anything finalised but we are doing a lot of work down there through Tony Grant and Shane Dolan.”
It’s not just Glenavon who are having a problem in attracting players, the Mourneview boss claimed.
“It’s proven to be the most difficult summer that I’ve had, even from January onwards because you’re usually trying to sign players on pre-contracts.
“I know even from talking to Oran Kearney he’s having the same problem and is finding it really difficult to attract players because, as great as it is for the league, the big clubs are raising the value of players and their wages. Clubs like ours can’t get anywhere near what players who are being released from Larne or Glentoran [are looking] and they’re probably the type of players with the sort of quality that you would want to add to your squad.
“Unfortunately they’re out of our bracket so we just have to grin and bear it and get on with it.”
In confirming Hall and Doyle’s contract extensions, Hamilton said he was pleased to get the deals over the line.
“The two of them have been great professionals for this football club over the years and have put a lot into the club,” he said.
“Andy Hall has been a great servant for this football club and Andy Doyle is everything I love in a player – the way he trains, the way he talks to players, his attitude, desire and hunger and I think he’s been a great signing since he came to the club.”