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Grimes Signs New Contract

First Team News
// 16 Feb 2017

Dundalk FC are pleased to announce that Shane Grimes has penned a new deal at the club.

The Dundalk native now enters his third season under Stephen Kenny having rejoined the Lilywhites ahead of the 2015 campaign.

Grimes began his career at Oriel Park 12 years ago and stayed for three years before departing for Monaghan United and Drogheda United. Having captained the Drogs he returned to Oriel and has enjoyed significant success since he has come back to the club lifting the league title twice, winning the FAI Cup in 2015 including the double, the Leinster Senior Cup and the President’s Cup. He also was part of the historic UEFA Europa League campaign in 2016 which saw Dundalk reach the group stages of the competition.

The 30 year-old is currently recovering from a torn hamstring which he suffered in the closing stages of last season however is in line for a return later in the year.

Speaking to dundalkfc.com about his new contract Grimes was pleased to get the contract sorted and is focused on his recovery.

“I am happy to get the contract sorted and it’s great to be back. I am delighted to be back. With the leg and the injury I wasn’t sure whether I would get anything but I am delighted that I have.

“It’s good to get it all sorted so I can focus fully now on the recovery and getting back into the setup.”

The full-back has been back in the gym since the beginning of January with the help of the club physiotherapists and is hoping to start jogging within the next month.

“The injury is coming along grand. I have been back since the start of January in the gym doing leg work and getting things started. Sam (Rice) and Fearghal (Kerin) have put me on good programmes to get me going again.

“Hopefully I don’t suffer a reaction to the work now. I am aiming to get the boots on and start jogging again in the next three weeks. We’ll take it from there and see how it goes.

I have to see how the leg reacts and try get back to full fitness. “

Grimes reflected on what was a ‘special’ year in 2016 and is looking ahead to 2017 and reiterated that retaining the title and going four-in-a-row is the main target for the season ahead.

“Everyone knows that last year was a special year for us. We couldn’t ask for anything more. It couldn’t have went any better. Maybe swapping Europa League group stages for the Champions League but we aren’t complaining!

“It was a great year and the aim is to get to that level again, surpass it possibly. We got a good taste of it last year and we showed that we could compete at that level.

“We want the fourth league title at home though. The Cup competitions look after themselves and Europe is different but we want the league title. That’s our ambition. We want to retain the title, that’s a massive target. “