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Benson and Kilduff Commit Futures

First Team News
// 5 Dec 2016

Dundalk FC are delighted to confirm that Robbie Benson and Ciaran Kilduff have extended their contracts at the club.

Benson will now enter his second season at the club having joined ahead of the 2016 campaign.

The Athlone native was crucial in the side retaining their SSE Airtricity League title and has been a regular in the European campaign only missing the Matchday Four encounter against Zenit St. Petersburg through injury.

The 23 year-old spent his earlier career with Athlone Town and UCD where he studied actuarial science and now looks forward to the 2017 season at Oriel Park.

Speaking to dundalkfc.com after putting pen-to-paper on the deal, Benson was pleased to get the deal done and is now looking forward to Thursday’s trip to Tel-Aviv admitting that Europe has been the highlight of his first year here.

“I am very happy to stay at the club. When Stephen (Kenny) asked me to sit down I think we were both pleased to get the deal done because I am very here. Stephen was very happy with me this year too and hopefully going forward we can recreate what we did this year and make it better too.

“European football has been amazing. I can’t wait until Thursday. It has been the highlight of all our careers I’d imagine so far. Hopefully it’s not the end of our European journey. We want to progress to the last 32. It’s going to be difficult but we are confident and looking forward to it.”

Kilduff has also extended his contract for another year after joining the club from St. Patrick’s Athletic in July 2015. He has made an immediate impact having scored crucial goals in the double success of last season and netted on a further 13 occasions this season including the equaliser against AZ Alkmaar and the winner against Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the UEFA Europa League. He lined out 36 times despite serious back and knee injuries.

When he spoke to dundalkfc.com after re-signing, Kilduff couldn’t hide his delight and said it ‘is a good place to be’ at the present time.

“I am really delighted to re-sign. It was something in my contract here that there was the option of another year here so I am happy to get it down on paper and be here for another year.

“Over the last three years the club has been the most successful in Ireland with the trophies that we have won and everything in Europe. It’s a great place to be. Going forward it’s good to be part of and I wanted to stay here.

“It’s the nicest way to finish off the season. Going to Tel-Aviv with a chance to finish off the current year going into the next stage. We are looking forward to it and hopefully we can get the job done.”