Sean Murray paid tribute to the Dundalk fans after Friday’s final SSE Airtricity League Premier Division game of the season at home to Derry City. 

The 2021 campaign ended with a disappointing 2-1 loss to the Candystripes but Murray, who put Dundalk in front with a fine first-half drive, believes the Lilywhites can be relatively pleased with their performances towards the latter stages of the season.

“Obviously we are disappointed not to pick up the three points, but I felt that the performance was there, apart from a 20-minute spell in the second half,” he told afterwards.

“We can be proud of ourselves and I think we’ve had a good end to the season,” he added. “I was happy to get on the scoresheet to cap the season off for me and I think things are looking positive for the club moving forward.

“The fans were unbelievable again. I don’t know what the exact number was, but there were loads of people there to support us so credit to them for turning out again.

“With the takeover, I think it’s an exciting time for the club and for the town as a whole and that’s very exciting for everyone involved.”

As is the case with much of the current squad, Murray is one of those who are coming to the end of his contract at the club but said he was hopeful of remaining at Oriel Park for 2022 and beyond.

“When you come into games like that, it makes you realise that you want to be in that environment every week so I’m definitely not ruling out the option of being here come next season, and hopefully that’s something we can look at doing.”