An opportunity has been made available to become part of the backroom staff for the 2021/22 season at Dungannon Swifts Football Club, who compete in the NIFL Premiership. This position involves working on match days alongside the first team performance analyst. The roles and responsibilities will include filming the game and assisting with pre game and half time information/video clips.
For those interested in the coaching/analysis side of it there is also the opportunity to get involved with other aspects of analysis such as training sessions, individual or group presentations and opposition analysis.

If you are interested in discussing the role or have any questions please send a message to any of our social media pages or email and we will get back to you!

TRANSFER NEWS | Double signing for Swifts

Dean Shiels has swooped at the opportunity to add a further two names to our squad at Stangmore Park, hours before the season kicks off.

Nineteen year old, centre back, Luke McKendry and twenty four year old, goalkeeper, Michael Quinn.

McKendry spent his youth football at Coleraine FC moving through the ranks there until he moved to Swansea City for two years at sixteen years old. After covid hit the world, McKendry moved back home and joins us at Dungannon Swifts.

“It’s a nice feeling to have signed for Dungannon. It’s been a long year where I have been out of football. Once I heard Dean (Shiels) was interested in bringing me up I came up and I’ve liked everything I’ve seen. It’s exciting the way Dean plays his football and it’s all good things to say. I’m just really looking forward to getting started now.
I haven’t played football competitively in a year, I need to be patient, I know there are good players in my position. My aim is to get in the team as soon as possible.”

Centre Back – Luke McKendry

Manager, Dean Shiels, is excited to get working with Luke.

“Luke is a young player with great potential and he’s been across the water with Swansea. He’s been full time and has got lots of characteristics that we look for in a player. I think he’s definitely got great potential to have a good career with us here at Dungannon.”

Manager – Dean Shiels

At over 6 foot tall, Goalkeeper, Quinn, joins Stangmore Park having most recently been on the books of Bury FC and Cabinteely FC.

“Michael is one we had in at the end of last year. He impressed us in training and he’s got great hunger and desire to come and compete for that goalkeeper position. He’s a great attitude. He’s got great distribution with both his feet and his hands. I’m delighted to get Michael as well.”

Manager – Dean Shiels.

Quinn, son of former Sunderland and Man City player, Niall Quinn, is eager to get started with us.

“I’m absolutely delighted to sign, it’s been a long time coming. Obviously I spoke to Dean at the end of last season about coming up but I’ve finally got it done now and look forward to our first game on Saturday. It’s a brilliant group of lads, really easy to get on with. Having the chance to work with Dwayne (Nelson) as well, the goalkeeper coach, he’s been brilliant he’s really been helping me out the last few of weeks. I’ve settled in well, as obviously I wouldn’t know too many of them from playing before, so it’s nice to see some new faces and I’m getting on well.
I signed a deal at Bury before things went sour there, great experience for me of full time professional football. Since then, covid came in and things weren’t so easy. It’s brilliant learning curve for me and homed in skills for me. I’m now looking forward to being somewhere like here, getting involved and some more brilliant opportunities.”

Goalkeeper – Michael Quinn

Welcome to Stangmore Park, Luke and Michael. We wish you every success.


Press Eye – Belfast – Northern Ireland – 23rd July 2021 Picture: Philip Magowan / Press Eye

Calling all Dungannon Swifts fans! Sign up now for the NI Football League’s first official online Fantasy Football game ahead of the 2021/22 Danske Bank Premiership season.
This exciting new development gives the fans the chance to test their football knowledge and see if they can replicate the success of the Swifts’ boss Dean Shiels in selecting the ultimate Irish League team against other fans.
The bespoke application has been developed by Comber-based software developer Nathan McConnell, who is no stranger to the NI Football League as a current player at Lough 41 Premier Intermediate League club Dollingstown and previously played in the top-flight with Portadown.
Neil Coleman, NIFL Marketing & Communications said, “This is a really exciting development for the league, and we felt the time was right to bring a high quality Fantasy Football offering to fans this season.”
“We’re delighted to be partnering with Nathan on this new venture and we are sure that fans of all clubs embrace the game as a new and fun way to enjoy Irish League football.”
Players will select their online panel of 15 players from across all the Premiership clubs and gain points based on the real-life performances of the players on the pitch. Fans can battle out against other players from all clubs but also mini-leagues can be created for friends, family and work colleagues!
There is also the opportunity to be Dungannon Swifts’ ultimate Fantasy Football manager with the supporters’ club leader-board.
The game is now live and available at and fans are encouraged to get their teams in now ahead of the first game of the new season on Friday 27 August.


The NI Football League can reveal that all member clubs including Dungannon Swifts will be provided with life-saving defibrillators ahead of the new season.

Following the distressing events at Euro 2020 in Denmark, a risk assessment by the NIFL Board outlined a desire to protect all our clubs to potentially help save the life of someone experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest.

As a result, new defibrillators will be provided to 41 clubs within the NI Football League membership, including all teams in the Premiership, Championship, Premier Intermediate League and Women’s Premiership.

NIFL Chairman Gerard Lawlor said;

“The role of the NI Football League is not just to govern but to serve and protect our membership, and this is an important service that we can offer to our clubs to protect players, supporters and staff.”

“Everyone in football got a real shock at the events in Denmark a few weeks ago, so if this project saves one life over a period of time, we simply can’t put a value on that.”

“The health and welfare of the people connected with our clubs is paramount and sincere thanks to my colleagues on the NIFL Board for their support in delivering this vital support.”

TRANSFER NEWS | Stangmore Reunion for McCready

Dean Shiels with new signing Joe McCready

Dean Shiels has moved quickly to secure the services of Joe McCready, ten years after he left Dungannon Swifts to join Coleraine FC.

“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.

“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!”

Joe McCready

Previously of Coleraine, Institute and most recently Ballymena United, Joe is the seventh new signing for The Swifts as Dean Shiels looks to rebuild his squad.

McCready, 30, previously played for Dungannon Swifts when Head of Youth Development Dixie Robinson was at the helm.

Joe McCready previously in action for Dungannon Swifts

Manager, Dean Shiels, is excited to start working alongside Joe.

“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 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.”

Dean Shiels

Welcome back to Dungannon, Joe!

All at Dungannon Swifts wish you well in your return to Stangmore!

TRANSFER NEWS | McCarron makes the switch to Stangmore

Dean Shiels has further bolstered his squad for the 2021/22 season by bringing in forward Sean McCarron.

Dungannon Swifts FC New Signing – Sean McCarron

Sean, 29, most recently played for Dergview and featured in the Championship side’s Irish Cup run last season.

Previously of Derry City, Finn Harps, Cliftonville and Institute, McCarron will certainly add much needed firepower to the Swifts attacking line.

‘I’m absolutely delighted to get the deal over the line and sign for Dungannon Swifts and I’m really looking forward to meeting the lads and to get going. I really enjoyed playing for Dergview under Ivan Sproule and he got my confidence back which I can’t thank him enough for so hopefully I can kick on from that here at Stangmore. I’m looking forward to working under Dean, I’m sure he will demand a lot of, not just me, but the squad as a whole so I’ll be trying my best to impress him and work my way into the team.”

Sean McCarron
Dean Shiels (Manager) & Sean McCarron

Manager, Dean Shiels, is happy that he has got the former Dergview player on board;

“Sean is a talented player, I’ve watched him on a few occasions and he is definitely going to add another dimension to our squad. He is a good finisher with both his left and right feet and he has a great opportunity to come to Dungannon. He wants to prove that he can score goals at the highest level and I have no doubt he will do that. When I spoke to him, he showed great desire and hunger to succeed here at Stangmore after turning down some other Irish League clubs. I’ve spoken to his previous managers and there is no denying his talent from any of them and hopefully we will give him the platform here to bring that talent out.”

Dean Shiels

Welcome to Stangmore, Sean!

We wish you all the best in a Swifts jersey!