Dean Shiels has confirmed his fourth signing of the summer transfer window as defender, Michael Ruddy.
Manager – Dean Shiels
“I’m delighted to get Michael on board. He was a standout player anytime we played against him last season and he can play a number of positions. He has a great desire to defend and has good leadership qualities. He will bring so much to the squad. It’s an area we have been needing to add experience in and we are delighted to welcome him to the club.”
Newtownabbey native, Michael, began his career at Greenisland Football Club and has been on the books of Ards, Crusaders, Ballymena and most recently Portadown FC. At 28 years old, Ruddy still feels he has plenty to give in the league and comes with plenty of Irish League experience under his belt.
“Everything happened pretty quick in regards to me joining Dungannon. Dean Shiels made contact with myself, we had a meeting and I liked everything that he was saying to me. It seemed like a perfect opportunity to come down here and see what it’s all about.
I’m pretty easy going, left back is where I’ve played most of my time but last year I was in centre midfield for a good bit and left centre half, I’ve played left wing at some stage too, so there’s quite a few options there. I’m happy to play where ever Dean wants me to play.
As I said I haven’t had much time to think since Saturday as this has all happened so fast but I want to come in and if I can help improve the team that’s what I will try and do. If we can push on and progress from last year then all will be good.”New signing – Michael Ruddy
Welcome to Stangmore Park, Michael. We wish you every success as a Dungannon Swifts player.