Dungannon is ideal place to develop, says Glackin
Jamie Glackin still has ambitions of playing at the highest level - despite turning down a move away from Dungannon Swifts.
The midfielder announced at the weekend that he was signing a new two-year deal with the club.
Glackin turned down better financial terms from three other clubs to stay, and the 20-year-old admits the opportunity to join a bigger side is still open in the long term.
For now, his main priority is minutes on the pitch and he feels his best chance of obtaining them is at Dungannon.
“For me, I feel it’s about development and looking to bigger and better things in the future, even if I have to use it as a stepping stone,” Glackin said.
“The other signings during the transfer window give us a bit of optimism and I’m looking forward to working alongside them as well as last season’s squad.”
Glackin joined Dungannon in 2012 and was the club’s young player of the season for 2014/15.
His performances were a key factor in Swifts’ impressive form after Christmas.
He scored a last-minute equaliser against Warrenpoint which secured their top-flight status and his displays were recognised last month when he made the Irish League’s young player of the year shortlist.
They have not gone unnoticed by other clubs either, with Linfield, Glentoran and Crusaders all linked with moves.
Glackin had a week-long trial at Tranmere at the start of the year, and also turned down a move to Derry City in January.
The Omagh-born footballer feels his development is best served by remaining with Dungannon.
“I feel at my age it’s about playing with a smile on your face and getting minutes on the pitch,” Glackin added. “The club is going in the right direction.”
Manager Darren Murphy revealed the player made the decision on his own terms.
“We put no pressure on Jamie to stay with us,” he said. “He knew we wanted him to stay but he contacted me in his own time and told me he wanted to remain at the club.
“He still has developing to do and he recognises that himself.”