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Dungannon boss McAree is on red alert over Mitchell

By Adrian Rutherford

Dungannon Swifts manager Rodney McAree has slapped a 'not for sale' notice on striker Andrew Mitchell. Cliftonville have made a move for the player ahead of the January transfer window opening in just over three-week's time.

McAree, however, is adamant that the 21-year-old, who has scored 11 goals for the Swifts this season, is going nowhere - at least until the end of the season.

And the good news for the manager is that the player is happy to remain at Stangmore Park.

"You never want any speculation linking other clubs with some of your better players," McAree said.

"Andrew is 21 years of age, he's going to attract interest, but I believe he's happy here and he will be here to the end of the season at least."

Mitchell has impressed since joining Dungannon from Glenavon in May 2014 after spending a season on loan at Ards.

After scoring eight goals last season Mitchell was rewarded with a new contract in the summer and McAree is certain he will see it out.

"Andrew is playing regularly, scoring goals and he's a great lad," said McAree.

"We don't want to lose him. Eventually we will lose all our better players because the bigger clubs will come along with that wee bit more money, European football and various things.

"If we keep producing players that we can move on to bigger clubs, then we're doing our job right."

Mithchell said: "I don't know anything about it. I'm happy to stay here and see how things go."

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