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Brilliant McAree has turned my fortunes around, insists Glackin

Danske Bank Premiership

By Adrian Rutherford

Jamie Glackin believes he is hitting top form at Dungannon Swifts - and credits head coach Rodney McAree with getting him back on track.

The midfielder - who was shortlisted for the Irish League's Young Player of the Year award in 2015 - had a disappointing spell last term. But he has made a flying start to the new campaign, starring in a series of impressive Swifts performances.

Glackin says working with McAree has been a key factor.

"I have started really well," he said. "Rod has put his arm around me and told me I'm good enough to go further and I've believed him, and it is paying off. Hopefully I can go further."

Glackin joined Dungannon in 2012, and was the club's Young Player of the Year for 2014-15.

He was linked with a move away, with Linfield, Glentoran and Crusaders all said to be interested. Glackin had a week-long trial at Tranmere at the start of 2015, and also turned down a switch to Derry City.

In June 2015 he opted to sign a new two-year contract with Dungannon. However, by his own admission, last season was a disappointment. He struggled for consistent form, and started just 21 of 38 league games.

Glackin has begun this season with a lot more purpose, and has been a key figure in all of Dungannon's best performances.

"It's a team game and the way we play suits me," the 21-year-old said. "Rod is a footballer and he knows his game. He treats his team the way he played - he's top quality as a coach."

Dungannon's five-match unbeaten run came to an end last weekend with a 3-1 loss at Crusaders.

They will be aiming to get back on track today when they host Glenavon in a Mid-Ulster derby.

Glackin added: "Glenavon is a chance to get back on track.

"Hopefully we can get back to playing the way we play football.

"There is a long season ahead. We had five weeks there of really good football, and we're still up there."

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