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McClean thrilled to extend Oval contract as defender signs up for three more years with Glentoran

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Patrick McClean

Patrick McClean

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Patrick McClean

Paddy McClean has penned a new three-year contract at Glentoran.

The 24-year-old former Derry City centre-back has become a firm favourite since his arrival in east Belfast in July last year.

McClean was instrumental in the Glens' Irish Cup success last season and caught the eye with a stunning overhead kick winner in a Danske Bank Premiership victory over Larne at Inver Park in mid-October.

It's another shrewd piece of business - and sign of intent - by Mick McDermott, who has strengthened his squad over the summer by snapping up Northern Ireland international Luke McCullough, Jamie McDonagh - a former Derry team-mate of McClean - Rory Brown, ex-Newcastle United man Gael Bigirimana, Gibraltar international goalkeeper Dayle Coleing and the versatile Dale Gorman.

McClean, brother of Stoke City and Republic of Ireland international James, admits "it didn't really take much convincing" when he agreed an initial two-year deal. His new contract will keep him at Glentoran until 2024.

McClean stresses that joining Glentoran helped rescue his career after an injury-plagued period at the Brandywell.

"I had a tough year and needed to get away," he says. "When Glentoran came in, it was a no-brainer. The club have been great to me and thankfully I was able to repay them a little by helping win the Irish Cup. Hopefully it's a sign of things to come for this great club."

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