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Dungannon Swifts boss Dixie Robinson has total faith in new arrivals

Dungannon Swifts manager Dixie Robinson hasn’t lost any sleep over the departures of goalkeeper Alvin Rouse and midfielder Neil McCafferty — even though both men made last season’s Carling Premiership Team of the Year.

The Stangmore Park boss believes he is well equipped to cope without the duo, who played a big part in the Swifts finishing fifth in the table.

Rouse has headed back to his native Barbados, while McCaffery has undertaken a somewhat shorter journey in joining Portadown.

Robinson believes the capture of Niall Henderson from Newry City will more than soften the blow of McCafferty’s exit and is anticipating keen competition for the goalkeeper’s jersey ahead of Saturday’s kick-off against Henderson’s old club.

“Along with Rodney McAree, Alvin Rouse and Neil McCafferty were massive players for us and it’s not easy to replace quality like that,” said Robinson.

“I am confident that Niall Henderson can come in and fill the void left by McCafferty, because he is a similar type of player.

“He had a spell in Scotland with Gretna, he’s been our best player in pre-season and I am looking forward to seeing him compete when the league starts.

“We’ve brought Sean O’Neill to the club and we’ve Niall Morgan who I believe is a very good prospect. They are both young and will hopefully spur each other on in the challenge I have set for them to prove to me who the number one is.”

e PORTADOWN pair Kevin Braniff and Ross Redman are on trial with Turkish side Bucaspor — who are newly promoted to the Turkish Superlig — and not champions Bursaspor.

Confusion reigned as to exactly where in Turkey the Shamrock Park duo had headed, given the similar spelling of the two club names.

Bucaspor have won back-to-back promotions to return to the top flight in Turkey and have secured the loan signing of Angolan striker Manucho — who played a single game for Manchester United two seasons ago before playing 13 times for Hull City in the Premier League.

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