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Dean Shiels’ brand of football attracted Declan Dunne to sign for Dungannon Swifts

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Declan Dunne joined Dungannon Swifts from Cliftonville this month

Declan Dunne joined Dungannon Swifts from Cliftonville this month

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Declan Dunne joined Dungannon Swifts from Cliftonville this month

Goalkeeper Declan Dunne has revealed how the chance to work with Dean Shiels was a big factor in his move to Dungannon.

The 21-year-old joined from Cliftonville earlier this month.

He has quickly settled in with a series of assured displays, addressing a problem area for the Swifts this season.

Dunne said he was impressed by Shiels’ brand of passing, attacking football and his willingness to put his faith in young players.

“You can see what Dean is doing here, you can see what the club is about and I’m delighted to be here,” he said.

“We have a lot of young talent – hopefully half of them don’t end up going across to England.

“It would be good to keep them and focus on climbing up the table.”

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Dungannon sit nine points above the relegation places, and can take another big step to safety against Carrick Rangers today.

Dunne feels the mood has really improved, adding: “As soon as you get a couple of wins, momentum seems to be behind you.

“That is what a few wins can get you and hopefully we can get to do that a bit more often.”


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