Glenavon's injured Gary Hamilton could quit playing

Glenavon player-manager Gary Hamilton
Gary Hamilton guided Glenavon to Irish Cup success in 2014

Glenavon player-manager Gary Hamilton has revealed he could have made his last appearance for the Lurgan club because of injury.

The 34-year-old former Portadown and Glentoran striker has been suffering from hip and groin problems and says he might have to undergo surgery.

Hamilton was a substitute last Saturday and scored what could be his last Glenavon goal in a win at Glentoran.

"I have been advised not to play again," Hamilton told the Lurgan Mail.

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Gary Hamilton scored against Glentoran

"The specialist said it was the worst scan he had seen in his 30 years.

"I need surgery on a series of injuries and, at my age, to do that to keep playing is not worth it.

"Saturday could have been my last game.

"I don't see a way back, and unless we are really struggling I don't plan to play again this season."

Hamilton said he only named himself as a substitute last weekend because they were short of front men.

After the Oval victory, Glenavon assistant boss Paul Millar revealed that Hamilton had not been able to train since November.

Glenavon need just one win from their next four league fixtures to make sure of a top-six finish in the Irish Premiership.

Achieving that would ensure their last five matches are against the other sides in the top half of the table.

This Saturday Glenavon are at home to league leaders Crusaders.

Hamilton was appointed player-manager of Glenavon in December 2011 and last season guided them to victory over Ballymena United in the Irish Cup final.

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