January saw a number of players move out on loan in order to enhance their development and gain minutes at senior level.
Forward Kirk McLaughlin joined NIFL Lough41 Championship leaders Loughgall on deadline day and has contributed throughout the month as the Villagers went unbeaten scoring one goal in the process.
Bailey Locke, Johnny Russell & Josh Stewart all joined neighbours Dundela in January. The three players have been involved in match day squads for all 8 games since joining the NIFL Lough41 Championship Side with left back Johnny playing every minute so far.
Forwards Ben Cushnie & Jordan Jenkins find themselves in County Tyrone at Danske Bank Premiership side Dungannon Swifts along with Darren Cole. ‘JJ’ who spent the first half of the season at Portadown scoring 5 goals has been played a lot for Dungannon since his arrival in January, the forward played the full game in their Irish Cup Round 6 win over Knockbreda and will hopefully get more minutes as they face Cliftonville in the quarter final. Ben & Darren are currently injured at the moment will hope to be back on the pitch in the coming weeks.
Goalkeeper Michael Argyrides joined H&W Welders at the start of January and has been influential in the sides climb up the table. The Canadian has played all 11 games since arriving at the Blanchflower Stadium winning 9, drawing 1 and losing 1 keeping 5 clean sheets in the process and winning the NIWFA Championship Player of the Month for February.
Personal circumstances and the arrival of his new born child saw Ally move back to Scotland joining Scottish Championship side Morton. The forward has played 6 times so far since arriving in Greenock and came off the bench against Celtic in his sides Scottish Cup Last 16 tie.
Rodney McAree: “It's good to see all the lads who out on loan getting game time and all doing well, it's great experience for the younger lads who are being challenged with the physicality of men's football at a very good level. Hopefully when they return in pre-season they will all return better players with the hunger to push on for Glentoran Football Club!”