O’Donnell Ready For 2017 As Captain Extends Lilywhite Contract
Dundalk FC are delighted to announce that captain Stephen O’Donnell has signed a new contract.
The skipper extends his contract after leading the club to three league titles in a row as well as on their historic European run this season which saw the Lilywhites reach the group stage of the UEFA Europa League.
O’Donnell enters into his fifth season at the club having signed ahead of the 2013 season and has an FAI Cup, Leinster Senior Cup, President’s Cup and EA Sports Cup to add to his three league titles.
Speaking to dundalkfc.com after signing his new deal O’Donnell is looking forward to staying at Oriel Park for the next two seasons.
“Always happy to sign a new deal so I am delighted to get things sorted before Christmas. I am in for the next two years so a bit of stability for myself as well which is good but delighted to stay.
“I am really looking forward to getting going again next season. I can’t wait for it all to start again now. “
With the focus on the 2016 season being a great campaign for the Lilywhites, the captain is looking forward to getting started again in 2017 and while the experiences was great, he is intent on repeating the trick and is focused on that already.
“The season just gone is all in the past now. It’s over with and we did have a good adventure. There’s no denying that but we have to focus on next season now.
“It’s something that we want to try and do again. We want to do even better next season than we did this year. It was a great experience this year but the focus is to make sure we get the same experience next year.
“We have lost a couple of players but them leaving is yesterday’s news. We have to focus on ourselves going forward and what we can do. “
The league though is priority and the aim now for the Galway native is to go and win the fourth title in succession and fired a warning to those who are writing the champions off that.
“Like the three-in-a-row was, our aim now is to go for the fourth. We want to keep our league title. It’s the most important to us. Our goal is to win the league, it’s our main priority and next year is no different.
“We are under no illusions and it is going to be very tough, we know that. People seem to be writing us off already after losing the players but we aren’t worried. There will be a rejuvenated hunger in the squad don’t worry.
“There’ll be a huge motivation in the players still here and those coming in to prove everyone wrong yet again to show that we are still the team to beat.”