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Rodney McAree signs new Dungannon deal amid Glentoran rumours

Rodney McAree guided Dungannon Swifts to League Cup success.
Rodney McAree guided Dungannon Swifts to League Cup success.

The man said to be Glentoran's number one summer target has signed a new three-year deal to remain with Dungannon Swifts.

Rodney McAree, who led the Swifts to their first ever senior national title earlier this season when they lifted the Bet mcLean League Cup, was reportedly top of Glentoran's wish-list.

But the Oval club will have to look elsewhere for their next permanent boss after Dungannon announced the deal on Saturday afternoon.

“I am very happy that I have agreed to commit my immediate future to Dungannon Swifts," McAree told the clu website. "I am extremely ambitious to further my career as a coach or head coach but at this moment I felt the best available option for myself was here at Stangmore.

"I have a wonderful changing room and backroom staff who have been a major part in making my decision, a very supportive Chairman and board who have shown faith in me to offer me this contract. Our target is to continue to improve and challenge ourselves to do better and to make our super supporters even more proud."

Chairman Keith Boyd was understandably delighted.

“I have been aware of the talk and interest regarding Rodney (McAree) in recent weeks which has caused a few doubts in the minds of people in the local area as to whether or not Rodney will still be with us next season or not," he began.

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"I can now finally put those doubts well and truly out the window as I can confirm to you that Rodney has today signed a three year contract extension as Manager (Head Coach) of Dungannon Swifts Football Club. I have great faith in Rodney as a coach and believe he has still a lot to get out of our current squad of players.

"I have spoken to him at length regards the future of DSFC and he has informed me of plans he has in the pipeline for next season that he has been thinking about already. Hopefully you will come out and support Rodney and his team today and for our remaining few games this season.”

Ronnie McFall is in charge of Glentoran but has said that he will not take the job beyond the end of the current season.

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