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Glentoran talks were tempting, admits McAree after committing future to Dungannon Swifts

Done deal: Rodney McAree and chairman Keith Boyd
Done deal: Rodney McAree and chairman Keith Boyd
Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

Rodney McAree has revealed he was tempted by a move to Glentoran before opting to sign a new contract at Dungannon Swifts.

McAree held talks with Glens officials about taking charge at The Oval, but on Saturdau confirmed he would be staying at his hometown club after penning a three-year extension.

“Obviously there was speculation which everyone was aware of, and it was very, very tempting,” said McAree after Dungannon’s 2-0 win over Carrick Rangers.

“But there were things that maybe changed my mind a little and made me feel appreciative of what we have here in terms of our facilities and where we train and the group of players we have.”

As revealed in Sunday Life last week, McAree had emerged as the Glens’ pick to be their next boss following the sacking of Gary Haveron in February.

Ex-Portadown manager Ronnie McFall has been placed in charge until the end of the season, but a longer-term solution is needed.

McAree confirmed the east Belfast club did make contact, but denied it had reached the stage of him being offered the job.

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He added: “There was just a chat, as such — there was no offer, but there was a chat, which was good to have.

“But we have so much here at Dungannon, our facilities are so good and, on the football front, we aren’t far away. We can improve again and we can go again.

“If I didn’t believe that we could improve and go a step further next season I wouldn’t have stayed, and that’s being honest. But Keith Boyd, the Chairman, is very positive. He is very ambitious as well. We want to push on.”

McAree admitted it was a big decision to turn Glentoran down.

“Was I tempted? I probably was, because it’s such a big club with such great tradition and such great history," he said.

“But I’m happy with what we are doing here at Dungannon at this time, and am looking forward to trying to challenge myself in terms of getting a couple of new players in over the season and going again next season.”

Understandably, the Swifts' Seanan Clucas says he and the rest of the squad are over the moon to see their boss staying put.

Clucas, who scored the opening goal of Saturday's 2-0 win over Carrick Rangers, said: "The players take to Rodney really well. He has brought the club its first senior trophy, which is fantastic. Now he is contracted for another three seasons and we can really look to push on."

Clucas's 65th minute header finally unlocked a Carrick side that, for all their limitations, had been difficult to break down. Substitute Cormac Burke wrapped up the points late on.

DUINGANNON: Addis, Lowe (Fitzpatrick, 76 mins), Hegarty, Armstrong, O'Rourke, Wilson, Clucas, Teggart, Patton (Mayse, 59 mins), McElroy (Burke, 76 mins), Hughes. Unused subs: McMenamin, Campbell.

CARRICK: Doherty, Smyth (Mooney, 79 mins), Surgenor, McNally, Chapman, J Smith (Anau, 65 mins), McAllister, Kattoy (Taggart, 71 mins), Hassin, Larmour, Henderson. Unused subs: Edgar, M Smith.

Referee: Ian McNabb (Newtownabbey)

Man of the match: Seanan Clucas

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