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Ryan Harpur no regrets about rejecting switch to champs

By Adrian Rutherford

Four years ago Ryan Harpur was ready to call time on his Irish League career.

The midfielder had fallen out of love with football after an unhappy spell at Glenavon and was considering walking away from it all, but a move across Mid-Ulster to Dungannon has restored his confidence and hunger.

Harpur has been a key player since signing for the Co Tyrone club at the start of 2012.

In January he turned down a move to Crusaders and signed a new contract at Stangmore Park and as he prepares to lead Dungannon out against the Crues this weekend, Harpur insists he was right to snub a move to Seaview.

Asked if he had any regrets, he said: "Not at all - absolutely none. I absolutely love it here.

"Whenever I joined I could have stuck my two boots up on the wall. I was just ready for quitting, but since I've come to this club it has really got me going again. I absolutely love it here and I wouldn't want to go anywhere else."

Harpur scored as Dungannon claimed their first win of the season against Ballymena last weekend and while they will be underdogs at Seaview today, he feels Swifts can give Crusaders a game.

"It will suit us going down there because it's a big pitch, a good surface and we can play about," he added.

"We've been unlucky a few times against Crusaders so I think we're maybe due a result."

Dungannon have failed to win any of their last eight meetings with the Crues. Their most recent win at Seaview came on the final day of the 2009/10 season.

Harpur feels the win over Ballymena has lifted the pressure.

"Up until now we've played well but probably haven't got the points that we deserve," he said.

"We've a lot of good footballers and it's a good squad."

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