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Swifts boss Darren Murphy relishing Seaview clash

Dungannon boss Darren Murphy

Dungannon boss Darren Murphy

Dungannon Swifts boss Darren Murphy has urged his players to impress in front of the Sky cameras on Monday night (8.05pm kick-off).

The Swifts travel to Seaview to take on title challengers Crusaders.

It is the latest Danske Bank Premiership fixture to be screened live on Sky Sports.

And Murphy believes the coverage provides his players with a shop window.

“It’ll be tough, but it is also an opportunity for our players to showcase their quality on a big stage,” Murphy said.

“There will be a big television audience tuning in, so I hope our players make the most of it and don’t freeze.

“We’ve only played once before on Sky when we lost 2-1 to Cliftonville at Solitude a couple of years back (Jan 2012)

“I remember young Liam Donnelly impressing for us that night at right-back. He was only 15 and he went on to secure a move to Fulham.

“There’s no doubt the live Sky games are a big shop window for Irish League players.”

Dungannon hope to have striker Gary Liggett available following his move from Ballymena United.

Liggett has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Stangmore Park club following a frustrating spell with the Sky Blues.

“Gary is a proven goal scorer in the Irish League,” said Murphy.

“It maybe didn’t work out for him at Ballymena, but joining us a great opportunity for him to re-establish himself as a top scorer in this division.

“I don’t like to put pressure on the boys, I prefer them to prove themselves. I will encourage Gary like I do the rest of the boys, to play with a smile on his face and enjoy his football like he did when he was a 11/12 year old boy. I’m delighted to have him on board.”

Meanwhile, Swifts defender Dermot McCaffrey has signed a new 18-month deal with the club – ending speculation of a potential move to Glentoran.

Cameron Grieve has also agreed a new one-year extension to his current contract.

“As a club we are absolutely delighted that Dermy has agreed to stay for a further 18 months,” Murphy added.

“It gives us a real boost. Like Dermy, Cameron has been superb since his move from Glenavon and I am delighted that Cameron sees his future at Dungannon Swifts.”

 

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