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Coach McCloy agrees to help Gannon cause

By Michael Sadlier

Dungannon have completed their new coaching ticket for next season with the appointment of former Ulster performance analyst Alex McCloy as backs coach.

McCloy, who has previously worked with Rotherham and was a former player with Ballymena and Belfast Harlequins, now links up again with former Ulster player and new head coach Nigel Brady while the recently retired playing legend Stephen Ferris will also be involved at Stevenson Park next season as Gannon bid to bounce back after being relegated to the AIL's Division 2A.

McCloy's appointment is the final piece of the jigsaw in Gannon's off-field restructure and he will also be working alongside last season's head coach Paddy Johns while former Lisburn coach David Irwin and Mark Henderson make up the rest of the coaching team at Stevenson Park. Club spokesman Paul Magee said: "We are excited by our coaching team's potential and the enthusiasm this young team will bring to the club.

"Alex's experience within the professional set-up at Ulster is a massive boost to the team and along with Nigel, David, Paddy and Mark we consider this provides us with great potential to move the club forward next season and beyond.

"When you add in the name of Stephen Ferris, who will also assist the team, we consider there to be no better place for aspiring young players to develop than at Dungannon."

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