Belfast Telegraph

No bids for Dungannon Swifts' McCafferty

By Adrian Rutherford

Dixie Robinson has said Dungannon Swifts are yet to receive any formal offers for transfer-listed midfielder Neil McCafferty.

The former Charlton Athletic player has been placed on the transfer list at his own request, and looks likely to exit Stangmore Park this month.

Already Portadown are one of several clubs being linked with a move for the 25-year-old, who was December’s Carling Northern Ireland Football Writer Player of the Month. But Robinson insists he wants to keep hold of McCafferty, and has warned any potential bidders that the player will not come cheaply.

“Of course I hope he stays,” said Robinson. “Neil is one of our top stars and we are not in the business of selling our best players.

“However, Neil feels that the money he is earning at Dungannon isn’t enough, and he feels he needs to be earning more from football. We haven’t had any official contact as yet, Neil still has 18 months on his contract and any club wanting to sign him will have to meet our demands.”

It is an unwanted distraction for Robinson, whose side have just one win from their last seven Premiership games, ahead of this weekend’s trip to Lisburn Distillery.

On Wednesday night they lost 4-0 at Newry, and Robinson is demanding a return to form.

“We’ll be looking for a response on Saturday, we have always bounced back from setbacks this season, although it will be a tough game,” added Robinson

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