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McElroy hungry to make a Swift impact with Dungannon


Darren Murphy

Darren Murphy

Darren Murphy

Paul McElroy insists he has never been happier as he aims to rebuild his career at Dungannon Swifts.

The winger signed for his fourth club in 14 months when he moved to Stangmore Park this summer.

It marks a return to familiar surroundings for McElroy, who previously played for Dungannon's youth teams.

And after an impressive start to life at Dungannon, he insists he is ready to get his career back on track.

"I've played here my whole life, up until I went to England when I was 15, and it feels good to be back at the club where I know everyone and everyone knows me," he said.

"It is that sense of familiarity. I feel a lot more settled."

McElroy graduated through the academy at Hull City and penned a professional deal in 2013.

But, after failing to make a single first team appearance, he signed for Sheffield Wednesday last June.

That ended prematurely, and by August he had joined Linfield.

After also struggling at Windsor Park, McElroy moved to Portadown at Christmas. Now he is hoping a return home to Dungannon will kick-start his career.

Dungannon claimed their first point of the new term after a battling performance at Ballinamallard on Wednesday night.

It came after a dismal opening day loss to Carrick Rangers.

"Fortunately it was the first game of the season so we have every chance to put it right and get back on track," he added.

"It's not panic stations just yet."

But it is another difficult test tomorrow, against Linfield at Windsor Park, where they have never won a league game.

Belfast Telegraph