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“We’re Hoping To Get It To Click Again” – McEleney

First Team News
// 10 Feb 2017

Patrick McEleney wants to reignite the “good relationship” he enjoyed with Michael Duffy at Derry City, with his eyes on “getting it to click again for Dundalk”.

The Derry pair are reunited after Duffy completed his move from Celtic last week, and are currently living together as the recent arrival sources accommodation.

The two are good friends away from football and McEleney says Dundalk supporters should look forward to seeing Duffy in action, as they aim to strike up another fruitful partnership on the pitch.

He scores goals, he’s direct, he runs in behind and stuff. The last time I played with him we had a good relationship. We’re friends off the pitch, so we’re hoping to get it to click again for Dundalk. McEleney told dundalkfc.com.

“I think we’re still going to be a big attacking threat this season. Obviously the lads (Horgan & Finn) are a big loss but the Gaffer has always found players. The players that have come in have done brilliant, so we’re looking forward to it.”

McEleney says he is “pleased enough” with how his own pre-season has gone, where he has already caught the eye of many. The 24-year-old attacking midfielder netted a fine goal in Thursday’s Leinster Senior Cup win at Saint Patrick’s CY, which he feels provided useful preparation for the new campaign.

On his goal, he explained: “I just went past him, looked up and the ‘keeper sort of moved early so I was happy enough. The other goals were taken well too – we’re well pleased.

“It was a great workout for us. They did very well. We knew it was going to be tough. We moved it well at times. Obviously, it can be quicker, we can defend a bit better and take our chances better, but overall we’re happy.

“We take every competition seriously. We pride ourselves on winning trophies so we’re definitely not going to take this one lightly,” Patrick said, before adding on the upcoming President’s Cup: “We want to win every game. It’s another trophy, so we’ll look forward to it.”

Dundalk are back on the road on Tuesday when they face Longford Town in their final pre-season friendly, ahead of Friday’s President’s Cup final at Cork City.