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McCaffrey’s set for Swift debut at Windsor

Dungannon Swifts’ new signing, former Hibs player Dermot McCaffrey, could make his debut in today’s clash against Linfield at Windsor Park.

The 23-year-old defender, who has played in the Scottish Premier League, has signed until the end of the season.

A former Dungannon youth player, McCaffrey started his professional career with Hibs before signing for Falkirk in 2008.

However, after failing to break into the first team, McCaffrey left the club and is aiming to kick-start his career back at Dungannon.

Boss Dixie Robinson — who cooled talk that he was on the verge of quitting — believes McCaffrey will be a good addition.

“Dermot is a good footballer and has experience of playing in the SPL, so I’m confident it will be a good signing for the club,” he said. “He played in our youth teams before going over to Hibs when he was 16, but he struggled to get first team games and has come back to Northern Ireland.

“He has signed until the end of the season, and should be available if needed on Saturday.”

Robinson is expecting another tough game against Linfield, after his side’s 4-0 Irish Cup defeat at Windsor Park last weekend.

That match saw four dismissed, including Robinson, who was sent from the dugout after throwing his coat to the ground because a penalty decision was not given.

He threatened to resign as manager after the match.

“It was probably a knee-jerk reaction in the heat of the moment,” he added. “However, you still ask yourself sometimes if it is worth it, because it sometimes seems as if the referees are going after managers at every opportunity.”

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