IRISH LEAGUE: Midfielder Jamie Glackin agrees two-year extension with Dungannon Swifts

Jamie Glackin
Jamie Glackin

Jamie Glackin has ended speculation over his future by signing a new two-year deal with Dungannon Swifts.

A number of Danske Bank Premiership clubs had been tracking the highly-rated midfielder, with League of Ireland outfit Derry City also linked with a move.

But Glackin has opted to stay at Stangmore Park and is now preparing for his fourth season with the Swifts.

“I feel at my age it’s about playing with a smile on your face and getting minutes on the pitch, for me it’s about being happy and playing,” he said.

“The club is going in the right direction as you can all see around the place. Coaches are brilliant and top class, there is no place I would rather be to be honest, that’s why I have signed again.

“I feel for me it’s about development and looking to bigger and better things in the future, even if I have to use it as a stepping stone. The other signings during the transfer window give us a bit of optimism and I’m looking forward to working alongside them as well as last season’s squad.”

Manager Darren Murphy added: “It’s such a big signing for us, in the last two or three years we always seem to lose our best young players. When you think of the interest we had from Glentoran, Linfield and Derry who all spoke to him, then it speaks volumes of where we have helped get him to and what he’s done himself here.

“We put no pressure on Jamie to stay with us, obviously he knew we wanted him to stay but he contacted me in his own time and told me he wanted to remain at the club. Financially speaking we are fourth in the packing order of the clubs that wanted him. He still has developing to do and he recognises that himself. I think the most important thing is that he feels he’s at the right place to develop and that’s a huge boost for us. Sometimes you can go elsewhere and you can earn more money, but that doesn’t mean a lot if you’re not playing and not enjoying it.”