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Byers welcomes wisdom of Carroll and Patterson



Roy Carroll

Roy Carroll

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Roy Carroll

Dungannon defender Callum Byers believes the signings of Roy Carroll and Rory Patterson will bring crucial know-how to a young squad.

Swifts boss Kris Lindsay opted for experience in the January transfer window, with Carroll (43) and Patterson (36) two of the four recruits.

Both made impressive debuts in Tuesday night's win at Ballymena.

That 2-1 victory has kick-started their season and, with the threat of relegation lifted after the Championship campaign was scrapped, Byers hopes for better in the months ahead.

Today the Swifts host bottom side Carrick, and the central defender sees it as a real chance to post back-to-back wins.

"It is important to get a bit of consistency," he said.

"We are a young side - you are going to get inconsistency. But hopefully now, with the addition of a few senior players - Rory and Roy and so on - it will help us, with their knowledge and experience.

"It is important now that we push on and try and build on Tuesday night's win, against Carrick, which is another massive game.

"If we can beat Carrick, suddenly we are looking at back-to-back wins and we can start to think about climbing back up the table."

Ryan Mayse and Matty Smyth also came in last month, but it is the signing of Carroll - who had not played since 2019 - that stood out.

Byers was impressed with his debut, which brought a clean sheet.

He added: "Roy has played at the highest level and if we can learn off him it can only be a good thing. He is vocal on the pitch and in and around the changing room as well, and that sort of experience and authority can only drive us on."

Rhyss Campbell struck late on Tuesday night at Ballymena for only the Swifts' third win of the campaign.

Byers added: "They were on a good run - eight unbeaten - whereas we are down towards the end of the table, so it was a real boost.

"The conditions were difficult - it was a blustery, windy night, the pitch had a lot of water on it - but we dug in and got a great result in the end."

Belfast Telegraph