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Dundalk Confirm Double Signings

First Team News
// 16 Jul 2009

Dundalk FC have confimed the signings of midfielder Paul McAreavey and defender Michael McGowan following discussions that took place in Oriel Park on Thursday afternoon between manager Sean Connor and CEO Gerry Matthews.

Connor Delight

“I am delighted that Gerry Matthews has shown faith in me and has backed this deal. I very much appreciate the board’s efforts. I have had to move players on in order to fit these players into the budget approved by Gerry and the board. We have done that this week and I am delighted with the squad that I know have at my disposal. Everybody at the club is working hard on raising the necessary money to ensure that we meet our targets. We have Atlético de Madrid B and Celtic in action in Oriel Park at the bank holiday weekend and I would appeal for Dundalk fans to support the club with these fundraising events. Barcelona are set to follow at a date yet to be confirmed and I know that there are a few other fundraisers about to be launched that we think will capture the fans imaginations. It’s a very competitive league and the whole community needs to get behind us.”

Impressive Track Record

Paul McAreavey is a 28 year old left-footed midfielder who has played most recently with Linfield. According to Connor, Paul is very excited about the move. “When good players like Paul become available I immediately become interested. Paul has a track record of winning leagues and cups in the Irish League and has an eye for goal. He is one of the top scorers in the Setanta Cup and is very enthusiastic about beginning a new chapter in his career here at Oriel Park. We need to work to get Paul’s fitness levels up and make him accustomed with a full-time setup. I am delighted that he has joined our squad.”

Tenacious McGowan

The Dundalk manager was equally enthusiastic about full-back Michael McGowan: “Michael is equally comfortable at right-back and left-back. He is a tenacious player that has played at a good level in Scotland and impressed so much that he was capped at Under 21 level by Northern Ireland and also was also made captain at Clyde despite being very young. I have no doubt that he will prove to be an excellent addition to the team.”