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Hegarty aiming to push Swifts up the table as they get set to face strugglers

By Adrian Rutherford

Chris Hegarty believes Dungannon Swifts must capitalise as the fixture list takes a more favourable turn.

It has been a difficult start for the Co Tyrone side, who have already faced each of last season's top six. Now, however, the games get a little easier, at least on paper.

They face three of the bottom four from last term. After today's game at Carrick Rangers, Dungannon play Ballinamallard and Portadown.

Hegarty believes those fixtures offer the Swifts a real chance to push up the table.

"The next three games are very important for us to try and build a lot of points," the defender said.

"I'm looking forward to the next run of games. We've had a tough run but the next few games hopefully give us a chance to get a few more points on the board."

The 24-year-old, who signed on a permanent deal this summer after a successful loan spell, feels the team is making real progress under boss Rodney McAree. "I feel as a squad we are very, very strong," he added. "Rodney has brought a very good squad of boys together, a lot of local lads who want to do well for the club."

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