Oct 12 2017

BREAKING: Swifts Swoop for Four Signatures

New signing Johnny Lafferty pictured with First Team Head Coach Rodney McAree

We are delighted to be able to share with you the news that three of our highly rated players, defenders Christopher Hegarty, Douglas Wilson and forward, Paul McElroy have all put pen to paper over the past few days and signed for a further three years. In addition to this McAree has also boosted our current squad with the signing of former Ballinamallard United Striker, Johnny Lafferty.

Lafferty, who spent three years with the Fermanagh side, has already been enjoying life at Stangmore Park as he has been training with the club for a few weeks now. He told us;

“I feel there is a great squad of players here at Stangmore Park, and that it is a very good club with outstanding facilities. Anytime I played here with Ballinamallard I always found it a tough place to come so hopefully now I will enjoy life on the other side. I’ve been to a few games this season and have been impressed with how well the supporters get behind the team, any supporters I’ve met have made me feel most welcome. Rodney is a dream of coach/manager, I really like what he has planned. Thanks to everyone who has made this possible for me, I can’t wait to get involved when I’m fully fit.”

Thirty year old, Johnny who comes from ‘Urney’ which is not far from Strabane, is a P5 Teacher at St. Mary’s Primary School in Strabane and has signed an 18 month contract. We would like to wish Johnny all the best and Welcome him to the club. Welcome Johnny!

Former Swifts Ball Boy, Christopher Hegarty was one of the first players to sign a three year extension to his contract.

“I knew something was going to be said sooner or later regarding signing a new contract, but to be honest I was happy enough concentrating on my football and not worrying about that side of things. The group of players at this club has been a massive factor in me signing a new deal, I honestly don’t think you would get another club like it in the Country. The boys are so close. Working under Rod (McAree) is so enjoyable and his back room staff, being gentlemen, work so hard behind the scenes to make sure we all enjoy our football at Stangmore. I’m really enjoying my football at my hometown club, the Club that I supported as a kid. Keith Boyd (Chairman) made the deal very easy for me to agree too, we sat down and had an honest chat – and well you know the outcome folks! I’m happy to have committed my future to DSFC for the next three seasons.”

 

Standing: Chairman Keith Boyd, Head Coach Rodney McAree, pictured with Christopher Hegarty, Dougie Wilson and Paul McElroy.

Forward Paul McElroy who was unlucky with injury last season, has been finding the back of the net in recent games. Three goals in three games and his talent hasn’t gone unrecognised as he too has agreed a three year deal.

Speaking to us tonight McElroy said,

“Recently I have been focusing on getting myself properly fit after a difficult 18 months of struggling to get my fitness and sharpness back in my game. Signing a new deal was talked about a few weeks ago but once we actually got the chance to sit down and the personal side of things was sorted out I was more than happy to extend my time at a great football club. My local club! I’ve known everyone around the club for years and it’s a Club I’m very fond of. They players and staff are a pleasure to play with and for. Personally the main aim is to keep progressing and show everyone how well we can do.”

Co Armagh boy, Dougie Wilson is enjoying his fourth season with Dungannon and is just as thrilled as Hegarty and McElroy to sign an extension.

“I’m absolutely delighted to sign on at The Swifts again. I have loved every bit of my time at the club and I wouldn’t want to play anywhere else. This is one great club, with many great people!”

A delighted Head Coach, Rodney McAree said,

This is great news, I’m very, very pleased that all three players, Christopher, Paul and Dougie have signed new three year contracts. All three of them have done extremely well to date and are hugely important for the future of our club. I’m delighted that the Chairman Keith Boyd and committee have helped to make these signings happen. They, as well as all our coaching staff are working extremely hard to keep this team and club progressing.”

“To add to Christopher, Dougie and Paul signing new deals I’m delighted to add that we have signed Johnny Lafferty, a very talented player who I have always admired and will offer lots of qualities and options to the squad. Tonight has been a fantastic night for Dungannon Swifts FC and is a huge statement of intent to keep hold of big players but also to recruit and add to the quality we already have!”

 

 

 

 

 

Aug 31 2017

Fixture Change

Danske Premiership League

Glenavon v Dungannon Swifts – 30th September 2017

The above match will now be played on Friday 29th September, kick off 7.45pm at Mourneview Park.

Aug 31 2017

Ball & Man Of the Match Sponsors required v Ballinamallard United

We require a Ball & Man Of the Match Sponsor for our fixture v Ballinamallard United at Stangmore Park on Saturday 2nd September.

Anyone interested please email media@dungannonswiftsfc.co.uk.

Aug 06 2017

Mascot Opportunity

Aug 05 2017

McAree swoops to make double signing.

A delighted Swifts Head Coach Rodney McAree has got his hands on two more players just a week ahead of the Danske Bank Premiership starting on Saturday 12th August.

One of these players will come as no stranger to Dungannon Swifts, Grant Hutchinson. Grant has been part of the Swifts squad on several occasions despite only actually leaving once. He departed Stangmore to finish his studies in England to become a Teacher of Physical Education. Which we would like to also congratulate him on. Welcome back to the club Grant and we look forward to seeing you back in the Blue of Dungannon.

New to Stangmore Park but if you attended any of our pre season fixtures you will certainly have seen this player pop up with not one but seven goals throughout our campaign.

Eighteen year old forward, Nathaniel Ferris joins us at Stangmore Park hoping to carry his pre season form with him into the 2017/18 season for DSFC.

Ferris has previously been involved with Portadown, Loughgall and Annagh United and Speaking to us today Nathaniel has highlighted his expectations for the season ahead.

"I'm really happy to be back involved in the top flight of football in Northern Ireland. I'm looking forward to trying to break into the first team, scoring some goals and hopefully help the club do well, with our sights firmly set on reaching Europe at the end of the season."

"I wanted to play for the Swifts as there are fantastic facilities here. It's renowned for being a great family club and I've witnessed that myself, it definitely is and for my own family reasons I think it's the prefect club for me."

Head Coach McAree is happy with his new signings;

"I am delighted to sign both Nathaniel and Grant. Nathaniel is a young lad he's only eighteen years of age and doesn't turn nineteen until the end of the year. He has scored a lot of goals for us in pre season and he shows very good attributes. He is very good inside the box but there a lot of improvement to be made to his game but Nathaniel understands that and he's prepared to work hard for himself. He's one that can offer a lot to us over the course of the season."

"Grant Hutchinson has been here before obviously. We've signed him a few times even though he's never actually left us for any other club! He's a fabulous footballer and in my opinion he's one of the best midfielders in the county. Grant is someone I have a lot of faith in and I think will be a super signing for the club and I hope he will be here for a long time to come."

Welcome Nathaniel and Grant.

Jul 15 2017

Goalkeeper Hughes Signs for Swifts

Rodney McAree is delighted to have signed Liam Hughes for Dungannon Swifts FC.

Pictured left to right, under 20s manager Dixie Robinson, first team head coach Rodney McAree and Chairman Keith Boyd. Seated, Liam Hughes.

“I think its a fantastic achievement for Dungannon Swifts to have attracted Liam Hughes to the Club, he is one of, if not, the best U18 Goalkeepers in Northern Ireland, and he is a couple of years younger than that. He has already achieved a premiership appearance with Portadown last season and he comes to us with some great recommendations. We have also watched him on many occasions and are delighted as a club to have a prospect like Liam joining us at Dungannon Swifts FC.”

 Liam is looking forward to joining up with his new Swifts team mates after he has fulfilled his duties with the County Armagh Premier Super Cup NI Team. The Swifts have already a number of players in the same squad, and we wish them well during the tournament. 

Liam told us “I am looking forward to taking this great opportunity, Dungannon Swifts has a great set up with great coaches and very professional facilities. I am also looking forward to being part of the County Armagh Super Cup NI Squad and it will be great to play against some of the best young players from around the world.”

Rodney will be keeping an eye on his new signing at the Super Cup, along with the other Dungannon Swifts Players involved with all the county sides.

Rodney added, “We were very keen to sign such a great young prospect as Liam, especially as he plays in such a specialist position. We felt it necessary to sign him on a professional contract so we knew he would be part of our squad for the next 3 seasons, at least.”

Welcome to Dungannon Swifts Liam.

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