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I'm reaping the benefits after getting head down: Clucas

New man: Seanan Clucas has changed his off-field habits
New man: Seanan Clucas has changed his off-field habits
Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

Dungannon midfielder Seanan Clucas believes a more focused attitude has helped him rediscover his best form.

The 26-year-old has become one of the Swifts' most influential performers over the last year, and he has been handed the captain's armband this season.

The former Preston North End and Linfield player believes hard work behind the scenes is starting to pay off.

"Maybe a couple of years ago, I came back from Australia and I wasn't as focused as I am now," he said.

"I feel like I'm focused and I feel I have a point to prove to myself.

"I played over in England and since I came back I don't think I've replicated the kind of football I was playing.

"Perhaps that was down to my off-field antics - going out, eating unwisely.

"But in the last year and a half I've tried to eat properly and do the gym work, working hard off the pitch, and I think it's starting to show in my performances."

Clucas has scored two in as many games, against Ballymena and then the crucial third in the win over Institute on Tuesday night.

Today, Dungannon host Glentoran, who have drawn their first two games.

Clucas added: "We know Glentoran is always a challenge and they will come with lots of confidence.

"But we can also take confidence from our start - we got a good point against Ballymena and another three on Tuesday night."

The Glens were 2-0 down to Coleraine on Tuesday night, but came back for a point.

Boss Mick McDermott is anticipating another big test at Dungannon today.

He said: "We know what to expect - it's a small, tight pitch and a good team who are well organised.

"They can also play if you let them. Kris Lindsay is a very good coach.

"We know what to expect there and it will be another battle, just like Tuesday."

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