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Goalkeeper Coleman returns home to Newry

By Joshua Bunting

Newry City have re-signed goalkeeper Andy Coleman from Dungannon Swifts.

Coleman left Newry following their relegation from the top flight in 2011 but has returned to the Showgrounds ahead of the new campaign.

Coleman who is from the City said: “I always had an agreement from day one that if Newry were to return to the Premiership they [Dungannon] would let me go and they were true to their word.

"The club is only heading in one direction and is better run now then ever from top to bottom, I'd have been mad to turn it down," he told the club website.

City manager Darren Mullen who has guided the side back to the Premier Division just six years after the club was dissolved said “Having Andy back is another sign of progression at the club and the fact that he knows the majority of the players will make it easy for him to join the group.

"I would also like to place on record my thanks to Rodney McAree and Dungannon Swifts for the manner in which they have allowed this move to happen.”

“Although Andy has always said that he wanted to return to the club someday, this is a signing that has come out of the blue, but one that I couldn’t afford to lose out on.

"In my opinion he’s one of the top 5 goalkeepers in the country and comes back to the club with a wealth of experience. Steven Maguire has been brilliant for us but we’ve used 3 other different keepers in pre-season and it’s a position that needed strong competition”.

Newry start their league campaign with an away trip to take on fellow newly promoted side Institute at the Brandywell.

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