Last season was unacceptable for Dungannon says new boy Joe McCready

New Dungannon Swifts recruit Joe McCready is is already looking up the league table after making his return to Stangmore Park.

Thursday, 24th June 2021, 9:52 am
Updated Thursday, 24th June 2021, 9:54 am

McCready, who had a previous spell with the Swifts ten years ago, feels his new side need to be looking at mid-table at least after a disappointing season last time out.

Dungannon found themselves languishing at the wrong end of the table last season, and the 30-year-old said that is not good enough for a club of their stature.

Boss Dean Shiels has started to rebuild the side after taking over from Kris Lindsay with McCready the seventh recruit of a busy transfer window, and the former Institute and Ballymena United man is raring to go.

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Dean Shiels with new signing Joe McCready

“Last season was unacceptable for a club like Dungannon who should be pushing for mid-table finishes at least, and Dean won’t accept anything less than that.

"Dean has recruited well and looks to play football the right way and that, I think, is what sold it to me in the end. I just can’t wait to get started!

“I’m thrilled to be signing again for Dungannon!

"It was a fast process – Dean (Shiels) only contacted me a couple of days ago but I’m happy it was sorted out without any hassle.

"I had a frustrating time at Ballymena with the lack of game time and that was my main priority – to get more game time and start enjoying my football again.

"Dean’s vision for Dungannon appealed to me and hopefully I can help in anyway I can to achieve that."

Shiels feels McCready is another quality addition to his squad and will help them in the final third of the pitch.

“Joe is a brilliant signing for us, he will give us that extra bit of quality up top that we were lacking last season," he said.

"He is a player that I have admired for a long time, technically very good and he will suit the way we want to play.

"He has the hunger and the desire to play and score goals and I feel his ability is right up there with some of the top attackers in the league.”

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