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!

TRANSFER NEWS | Donegal Defender latest addition to Stangmore Park

Dean Shiels has been a busy man this week and has completed his fourth signing. We welcome, central defender, Keith Cowan, who joins us after most recently having been on the books of Glentoran FC.

Manager, Dean Shiels with new signing, Keith Cowan.

Cowan, a PE teacher from Donegal, signs on a one year deal after his contract expired with the East Belfast side.

The 6’2″ defender has also played for and Captained Finn Harps in the League of Ireland and joins us with plenty of experience under his belt. He obtained an Irish Cup Winners Medal in 2020 with Glentoran.

New signing, Defender, Keith Cowan.

“It feels great to have signed for the Swifts. I’m very excited. I’ve spoken to Dean (Shiels) quite a few times and I’m excited about what he’s trying to do here. I enjoyed my time at Glentoran but I got frustrated massively about lack of minutes and game time. I know they had a big squad and it was hard to break through, maybe not being full time was part of that. That’s all very much in the past now as I’m looking forward to getting started with Dungannon.
Everything is about the collective really, understandably I want to get more game time and minutes and be in the managers thoughts for every game but it’s very much so about the collective. I want to try and push on up the table. I think last year was a bit false in terms of how Dungannon finished up the table. I think it’s trying to give something for the fans to smile about and make them proud of the Club. Being a threat to a couple of big teams in the league I think is a fair enough aim for the season!”

Keith Cowan

Manager Dean Shiels is very happy to get the signing of Keith over the line. He had this to say;

“Keith’s a leader, he’s going to bring leadership qualities that we have lacked. He’s a winner, he’s had a great career. He’s hungry to come here and do well. He will give us something that we lacked badly last year, he’s aggressive in both boxes, he wants to defend. I’m delighted to get him!”

Dean Shiels

Welcome to Stangmore Park, Keith. We wish you every success as a Dungannon Swifts player.

TRANSFER NEWS | Moore returns between the sticks

New signing, Goalkeeper, Alex Moore

Goalkeeper Alex Moore, has re-joined the club on a season long loan from Linfield Football Club.

Moore, comes as no stranger to Stangmore as he previously spent the 2018/19 season also on loan from Linfield. He returned back to Linfield where he has spent the last couple of seasons.

Twenty two year old Alex, who was number two GK at double winners Linfield, will come to Dungannon Swifts with the hope of getting plenty more first team football under his belt again.
The Lisburn native is eager to get started at Stangmore.

“It’s good to be back, I’ve had a year of not playing enough. I feel like coming here will coming here will give me an opportunity to get some more game time to show what I can do.
I want to play as many games as I can this year and as well as I can and help the team finish as high up the table as possible. I loved it here the last time, we had plenty of good results, we got to the quarter final of the Irish Cup. It maybe ended up in disappointment as I felt like we should have went a bit further. I want to try and help the team do as best as possible this year again.”

Alex Moore

“Alex is a young keeper who has developed a lot since he was last at the Club. He comes highly recommenced by Roy Carroll, by David Healy and a lot of people in the game. I think he’s got the feet and distribution that is going to suit us playing out from the back. He’s going to be a big asset to us, I’m excited to see him play.”

Dean Shiels

Welcome back to Stangmore Park, Alex. Good luck! We look forward to seeing you playing again really soon.

Manager, Dean Shiels and New Signing, Alex Moore.

TRANSFER NEWS | Former Blackburn Rover Joins Dungannon Swifts

Dean Shiels has moved quickly to secure the signature of James Knowles after he was released from Ballymena United.

Manager, Dean Shiels and new signing, James Knowles.

Knowles, 28, joins from the Braidmen on a one year deal.

James, who can play in a few positions in the midfield, started his footballing career off when he signed a professional deal with English side Blackburn Rovers in 2009 from Lisburn Distillery Youth.

Knowles spent 3 years at Ewood Park before returning back to Northern Ireland to sign for Cliftonville FC. Since then, he has represented Linfield, Ards (Loan), Glentoran, and most recently Ballymena United where he spent the last three seasons at the Showgrounds.

“James is a player I’ve always liked. I’ve watched James career for a long time and I know the ability he has. He’s courageous on the ball, wants the ball in tight areas, he’s got a great range of passing and he’s a typical midfielder that will suit our style of play. I’m excited to watch him next season and I’m really delighted to get him on board.”

Dean Shiels
New signing, Midfielder – James Knowles.

“I’m over the moon to sign for the Club. I spoke to Dean at the start of the week and was happy with everything he had to say. He obviously seen me play last year. I loved the way Dean was trying to implement the way the team was trying to play. I seen it from a far and thought it could suit my style of play, so after speaking to the manager I felt I didn’t need to look any further. I’m looking forward to getting going and hopefully show what I can do.”

James Knowles

Welcome to Stangmore Park, James.

Good luck in a Swifts Shirt!

TRANSFER NEWS | Glynn Swaps Brandywell For Stangmore

Dean Shiels has strengthened his squad by bringing in full back Micheál Glynn on loan from Derry City FC.

Swifts Manager Dean Shiels with new signing Micheál Glynn.

Glynn, 19, joined the Candystripes in February 2021 from Ballinamallard United FC where he spent six years with the Fermanagh Club.

“Micheál is an exciting young player, he’s versatile he can play left back, left wing back, left centre back and he’s a player that will suit the style. He can receive the ball he’s dynamic, he gets forward and I’m delighted to get him.”

Dean Shiels

In his early career, Micheál, started off with Enniskillen Rangers before moving to Ferney Park. He spent two years with the senior squad and played along side our first new signing of the season, Darragh McBrien. Glynn was also part of the squad with Ballinamallard Utd when they lost out to Crusaders in the 2019 Irish Cup Final.

Micheál has represented Northern Ireland at Under age level where he was part of the squad for the U17 European Championships. Glynn is also a talented Gaelic Footballer and was instrumental in the winning of the MacRory Cup and Hogan Cup titles in 2019 with his school, St Michael’s Enniskillen.

“I’m delighted to be here, I can’t wait to get going, meet the lads and hit the ground running. Darragh (McBrien) and I are very close. He would be one of my closest friends. We’ve grown up together playing football at Ballinamallard, playing Gaelic together at St Michael’s and known how each other play. We know how well each other play. It was a great move for me to go to Derry City to be in and around full-time football everyday has helped me massively improve as a player. I think that will benefit me in my time at Dungannon and I can’t wait to get games under my belt. Personally I want to play as best as I can for this Club and give it my all. For the Club I hope to get as many wins under our belts as possible and progress from last season. The only way is up!”

Micheál Glynn

Welcome to Stangmore, Micheál! We wish you all the very best in a Dungannon Swifts Jersey!