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I've got plenty left to give in fresh start at Dungannon Swifts, says Redman

 

Experienced head: Ross Redman is ready to put his injury woes behind him and help guide Dungannon’s young stars
Experienced head: Ross Redman is ready to put his injury woes behind him and help guide Dungannon’s young stars
Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

New Dungannon Swifts signing Ross Redman is aiming to draw a line under months of injury frustration.

The 29-year-old joined from Glentoran in the final days of the transfer window.

His debut on Saturday ended in a 3-0 defeat at Crusaders but, after months on the sidelines, he is relieved just to be back in action.

An ankle operation meant he missed the second half of last season and most of this summer's pre-season.

"I've been out for about seven months - I've only played two or three games - so I'm looking forward to playing regularly and getting back to playing the way I want to," he said.

"I'm still only 29 and hopefully have a good few years left in this league. It's a new start for myself."

Redman spent most of his career with Portadown, where his uncle Ronnie McFall was at the helm.

In 2016, he joined Glentoran - where he also worked under McFall for a short spell - making over 100 first team appearances at the Oval.

But after playing the first two games of this season, he was transfer-listed.

Dungannon boss Kris Lindsay was quick to move, signing Redman to fill the vacant left-back slot left by Jarlath O'Rourke's switch to Crusaders.

Redman said he was excited by the move to Stangmore Park.

"I had a brief chat with Kris and everything he said was positive - it's what you want to hear as a player," he added.

"I know a lot of the lads here - I've played with Mark Patton, I know Michael Carvill, Dougie Wilson and so on.

"I know the ability here, I've seen Dungannon a couple of times this season and they play football the right way.

"It's a project I want to be involved in and I'm looking forward to the season ahead."

At 29, Redman is one of the more experienced players at Stangmore Park.

The average age of the team in the opening few games was under 24. Several other young players have also been handed their chance, including Ben Gallagher, who came on during Saturday's game. Others brought into the squad include 15-year-old Terry Devlin and Cahal McGinty, 18.

And Redman acknowledges that he has a responsibility to help guide a young but talented group of players.

He added: "There is a lot of young talent here - you look at Ben Gallagher coming on in Saturday's game.

"I thought he was fantastic when he came on - no fear, a lot of confidence. You can see that in the squad.

"With young players you will have days like Saturday - wee off days, and you just have to learn from it.

"Hopefully some of the senior players like myself can try and guide them and help them."

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