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Dungannon Swifts' Rodney McAree delighted to bring Chris Hegarty back to hometown club

Published 17/05/2016

Chris Hegarty
Chris Hegarty

Dungannon Swifts have pulled off a major coup by completing the signing of hometown boy Chris Hegarty.

It is only two years ago that the 23-year-old defender was playing in Rangers’ first team and he will join the Stangmore Park outfit on a two-year deal after spending the last five months with the club on loan from Linfield.

Blues boss David Healy decided that his former Ibrox team-mate wasn’t part of his long-term plans at Windsor Park and decided not to offer him a new contract.

Swifts manager Rodney McAree said: “I’ve known Christopher for a long time and I am delighted to bring him back to his hometown club.”

Hegarty — who came through the Dungannon Youth set-up before joining Millwall — initially captained Linfield after coming home from Rangers, but injury curtailed his appearance later in the 2014-15 campaign and last season he played just once from the end of October before joining Dungannon in January.

Meanwhile, Cliftonville boss Gerard Lyttle has begun a revamp of his squad by releasing three players and placing two more on the transfer list.

Defenders Jonny Flynn and Marc Smyth will leave the club, along with winger Paul George.

Caoimhin Bonner and Ciaran Murray have been made available to other clubs. Flynn will now return to Ballymena United, where he played before joining Blackburn eight years ago.

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