Purkis moves to Glentoran

Purkis penalty puts Glenavon a point behind Crues

Danny Purkis peels away after scoring Glenavon's winner from the penalty spot. Photo: Maynard Collins.

Michael Scott


Michael Scott



Saturday 25 June 2022 22:25

Glentoran have announced the signing of ex-Glenavon striker Danny Purkis.

Purkis, 27, spent most of last season at East Belfast after asking the Lurgan Blues to release him from his contract, citing family reasons.

However, the striker, who was Glenavon's top scorer in the 2020-21 season, signed an agreement not to play for a top flight club until the end of his contract, which was due to run out in 2024.

The move was confirmed in a tweet by the Glens. This morning's Sunday Life reports that a Glenavon spokesperson told the newspaper: "Talks took place with the player, who agreed to make a donation to our club. We then agreed to his release.

"Things happen in football. He wanted to return to senior football with Glentoran, so we are happy things worked out for both parties."

Meanwhile, Glentoran boss Mick McDermott told his club's website he was "very happy" to sign Purkis.

"He is a proven goalscorer in the Premier League and is a handful for defenders every time he steps on the pitch. Danny is a player who has worked hard at his game over the past few seasons, He has matured as a player, and we know he will definitely strengthen our team. An East Belfast lad coming home!”

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