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Addis can aid Swifts' Euro push, says McAree

By Adrian Rutherford

Rodney McAree has backed veteran goalkeeper Stuart Addis to prove a safe pair of hands for Dungannon Swifts.

Regular shot-stopper Andy Coleman has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a wrist injury against Ards 10 days ago.

That has opened the door for 37-year-old Addis, who has spent most of the campaign as back-up stopper.

But McAree has no worries about pitching him into action.

"Stuart is an experienced goalkeeper and will be a good option for us," he said. "He was excellent against Glentoran on Saturday.

"He was quick off his line, he made good decisions and his distribution was good.

"I'm fortunate to have two goalkeepers of the quality of Stuart and Andy."

Coleman is expected to be out for several months after his injury against Ards.

McAree added: "It will be the start of the season at the earliest before Andy Coleman is back.

"He broke four small bones in his wrist, so his season is over."

Tonight, Dungannon take on Ballinamallard United, aiming to move a step closer to securing seventh spot and a European play-off.

They are without influential defender Chris Hegarty, who is suspended - but the Swifts do have David Armstrong available again.

McAree, who knows they need two wins from their final three games to be sure of seventh, is expecting a tough match.

"It's a ground where we have done well over the years in terms of how we've played, but we haven't picked up too many positive results," he added.

"We have to try and put that record straight."

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