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Swifts snap up returning Jamie Tomelty

Adrian Rutherford

Darren Murphy has tipped new signing Jamie Tomelty to make a big impact at Dungannon Swifts.

The talented midfielder has returned to Stangmore Park – five years after leaving the club.

He made his debut as a second half substitute against Glentoran on Wednesday, and is likely to feature in Monday's Sky TV clash at Crusaders.

Murphy believes the 29-year-old can play a big part as the club aims to secure a top-six finish.

"Jamie knows the league and he's a good player," the Dungannon boss said.

"You always have to try to improve your squad as a manager and we are no different here at Dungannon.

"If good players become available and we can afford them then you want to try and bring them in.

"Jamie fell into the category of being a top Irish League player and I'm delighted to have on board."

Tomelty signed for Dungannon in January 2008 and spent a year at Stangmore Park, before moving to Linfield. He later played for Portadown and Coleraine, and had a six-month spell at home town club Coagh United.

Murphy believes Dungannon can help Tomelty get his top-flight career back on track.

"I feel I can bring the best out in Jamie and help him enjoy his football again," Murphy added.

"At 29 years old, Jamie should be in his prime and I plan to ensure he tries to the best of his ability to reach it."

Tomelty is the second signing Dungannon have made so far this month after striker Gary Liggett joined on a two-and-a-half year contract from Ballymena.

Murphy is also aiming to keep hold of Dermot McCaffrey, despite interest in the defender from Glentoran.

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