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Dungannon Swifts move was an easy choice for star winger

By Gareth Hanna

Dungannon Swifts' first signing of the summer says he 'didn't have to think twice' about joining the club.

Ryan Mayse arrives at the County Tyrone club from Ballinamallard, where he scored nine Premiership goals last term.

The 23 year-old was at the Swifts as a teenager and jumped at the chance to rejoin the club.

“From the minute I left I’ve always wanted to get back here," Mayse told the official club website.

"I loved every minute whilst I was here the first time, but I moved to Strathroy Harps to get more game time in adult football and mature, and to be honest it has made me the player that I am today.

"When word came that Rodney (McAree - Dungannon manager) was interested in taking me back, I didn’t have to think twice. I would like to thank Strathroy and especially Seamus Fathorpe, for helping make this move to Dungannon possible as well as everyone at Ballinamallard, both clubs were instrumental in getting me back to where I am.”

The winger's goal-scoring exploits last season earned him plaudits from across the league last season and he's confident he can continue that form at Dungannon.

“I feel I can bring a lot to the Swifts," he said. "I can play in a quite a few positions across the team and Rodney has explained to me that he knows my capabilities, and has total faith in me that I can play apart in the club moving forward. Getting to the Irish Cup semi-final just shows what this club is capable off. By all accounts with a bit of luck on the day Dungannon could have progressed to the final and anything could have happened then.”

Swifts boss Rodney McAree was just as pleased to get Mayse on board.

“I’ve known him for a long time and he’ll be a terrific addition to the squad, he is a very talented player with an eye for goal," McAree told the club website. "I can’t wait to start working with him in pre-season. My thanks to Gavin (Dykes - Ballinamallard manager) and Ballinamallard for their co-operation to make this happen.”

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