Sun, Aug

As has been widely reported in the local press, Glenavon FC have been working to secure the services of Trinidad and Tobago International defender David Atiba Charles.

In view of the complex procedures involved the Club have refrained from issuing any official statement on the matter until firm information could be provided. The Club is now very pleased to announce that a work permit has been obtained for Atiba and Club officials are this evening in the process of faxing the required information to the British High Commission in Port-of-Spain to enable him to obtain the necessary visa. It is expected that he will arrive in Northern Ireland on Friday morning. Unfortunately he will not be eligible to play in Glenavon's CIS Cup match at Windsor Park that evening.

David Atiba Charles was part of the Trinidad and Tobago squad at this year's World Cup in Germany, though he had to be content with a place on the bench. In T&T he played for the successful W-Connection side alongside Glenavon's Aaron Black who has been very helpful in bringing Atiba to the Club. The Soca Warriors website describes 28 year old Atiba as "A tough, rugged central defender that adds pace and power to any defense. Charles has been one of his clubs main defenders over the past 4 seasons and has recently broke into the T&T national senior team."

Glenavon boss Colin Malone is delighted with the signing "He's a quality player with a number of International caps and it's great for the Club and the fans to have someone of his quality at Mourneview Park."