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Watch: Why I love life at Dungannon Swifts, explains new star man Ryan Mayse

By Gareth Hanna

Dungannon Swifts is a club that doesn't take long to win hearts.

'Dungannon's a great wee club' - it's become a common feeling amongst players who come and go through the doors of Stangmore Park.

One man who, during his teenage years, looked for the exit at the Swifts in order to forge his way in the game was desperate to get back during the summer.

Ryan Mayse got his wish when his form for Ballinamallard United, scoring nine Premiership goals last season, earned interest from Dungannon boss Rodney McAree.

The club were in need of goals, having lost their main man Andrew Mitchell to his own boyhood team Glenavon. While those shoes are all but impossible to fill, Mayse has provided a new threat for the Swifts. The winger has already bagged four league goals this season, contributing plenty more assists - including two to help captain Ryan Harpur to a hat-trick last weekend.

"It's definitely been the right move for me," he reflected. "I'm really, really enjoying it. It's a great club with great supporters - everything's great about it. Long may that continue. Hopefully we can get another few wins and keep things going now."

So what is it that makes the Swifts so special for Mayse and many others?

"The staff, the management, the fact that most of the guys playing here are actually from Dungannon," he pondered. "It's such a welcoming club. It's a family club and everyone's so close. We play football the right way too with very, very good players. Playing against them last year, I was fed up running after them so I just decided I would join them."

Dungannon are currently sitting eighth in the table, just one behind Ballymena and only five points off sixth placed Glentoran.

"The aim is to catch the team above us," said Mayse - who's personally targeting 15 goals in all competitions this term. "Top six was our aim at the start of the year and it still is. A couple of wins and we'll be right back in it."

And while his second stint at Stangmore has begun brightly, Mayse does cast a thought for his old team Ballinamallard, rooted to the foot of the table.

He said: "Ballinamallard is a great wee club. It hurts me to see them getting beaten every week but hopefully they can turn it round."

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