Glentoran set for 'crucial summer' rebuild as TEN players head for the exit door

Photo showing Glentoran boss Declan Devine
Glentoran boss Declan Devine -Credit:Inpho/Stephen Hamilton

Glentoran boss Declan Devine says the club faces a "crucial summer" as ten players leave The Oval.

The Glens confirmed on Tuesday that Aaron McCarey, Luke McCullough, Aidan Wilson, Bobby Burns, Shay McCartan, Rory Donnelly, Ollie Webber and Junior will be joining Rhys Marshall and Seanan Clucas in departing the club.

It's a huge chunk of the playing staff leaving east Belfast with Glentoran stating the club will "push forward on an improved full-time model".

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Devine didn't hold back in his criticism of the team's performance in their European Play-off semi-final defeat to Coleraine last week. Devine said Glentoran needed to find an identity.

"I think it is a crucial summer for the club," said the Glentoran boss. "I think we need to find our identity, we need people who are going to fight with all their lives and for the club and as you saw recently, there's a lot of good players coming through.

"Last Wednesday night was too big a game for them, you can't put players in there and for them to take the brunt of disappointment at not qualifying for Europe. I have a clear identity of where I want to go with it, the club and the board have a clear identity of where they want to go with it.

"I still have great hopes because there's a lot of great people at the club, there's a lot of people working extremely hard but the playing side of things needs a reset."

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