Rodney McAree targets history books after agreeing new Dungannon Swifts deal
Rodney McAree has set his sights on making history after signing a three-year contract as manager of Dungannon Swifts.
The club were regular finishers in the top half of the Irish League table during the 2000s, when McAree was a key member of their midfield and his father Joe was manager, while also reaching the 2007 Irish Cup final and qualifying for Europe for the first time.
After bringing Chris Hegarty and Seanan Clucas back to their club, having been products of the Dungannon United Youth system before heading across the water, and Jamie Douglas returning following a short break from the game, McAree is confident of improving on last season's seventh-place finish and wants to bring silverware to Stangmore Park for the first time.
"I am delighted to have signed a three-year deal with the club, it gives me confidence to know that the board have faith in what I'm doing," said McAree, who succeeded Darren Murphy last October.
"Now it is my job to do my best for the club as we try to improve and target a major trophy.
"I have a supportive board, a great set of players and super backroom staff and I'm committed for the next three years to try and achieve the maximum out of everyone involved."
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