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Andrew Mitchell happy to leave transfer rumours behind and focus on Dungannon Swifts

By Adrian Rutherford

Published 09/09/2016

Clear aim: Andrew Mitchell is going out to claim Crusaders’ scalp
Clear aim: Andrew Mitchell is going out to claim Crusaders’ scalp

Andrew Mitchell insists he is fully focused on hitting new heights with Dungannon Swifts this season.

The highly-rated striker was linked with several top clubs during the summer. Glenavon, Linfield and tomorrow's opponents Crusaders were all interested in signing the 22-year-old.

However, it came to nothing and the player will be at Stangmore Park for the immediate future.

Mitchell says he is happy to forget the summer speculation and wants to concentrate on firing Dungannon up the table.

"That is completely done with now and I'm totally focused on playing for Dungannon Swifts," he said. "I'm here for the duration of this season and I'll be trying my best to score as many goals as I possibly can."

Asked if he had any regrets that a move didn't work out, Mitchell replied: "No, I'm happy enough here.

"There are no regrets. I think it's an important year for me.

"I've a lot of stuff on at university and things. I'm going into my final year, and I'm settled here and I love it here.

"I will stay here for the duration of my contract and we'll see what happens after that."

Mitchell has set himself a target of 25 goals this season, and has scored four times already.

He will be key if Dungannon are to get anything out of tomorrow's game against a Crues side already setting the pace in the Danske Bank Premiership.

But Mitchell insists the Swifts are capable of springing a surprise at Seaview.

"We're unbeaten in five and we'll go to Crusaders, which is a big task, but we're more than capable," he said. "We went to Windsor Park and took a point there, we also went to Cliftonville and took three points there.

"There is no reason why we can't go to Crusaders and take three there."

Mitchell believes the Crues are still the team everyone has to beat.

"Crusaders maybe haven't set the world on fire so far, and they got a last-minute winner last Saturday, but that's champions for you," he added.

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