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McEleney Re-joins Lilywhites

First Team News
// 2 Jul 2018

Dundalk FC is delighted to announce that Patrick McEleney has become a Lilywhite for the second time in his career, after this morning signing a contract that sees him committing to the Club for the next three and a half seasons.

McEleney first joined Dundalk from Derry City at the end of 2015 and went on to score 16 times in 78 appearances during his initial spell at Oriel Park before joining Oldham Athletic AFC in January 2018.

The 25 year-old midfielder, who also had a spell at Sunderland AFC as a teenager, scored some memorable goals during his previous two seasons and was a key member of the side which claimed the 2016 SSE Airtricity League title as well as featuring in all 6 matches of our UEFA Europa League Group Stage campaign.

Speaking to dundalkfc.com after penning the deal, McEleney was delighted to return to the Club and is looking forward to returning to the field for Dundalk.

“I am buzzing to finally get the deal done. It was a long process but it’s great to be back at the Club. I am happy to be back here and I enjoyed my first spell here so to be back is great.

“I can’t wait just to get back playing for the side again. I have been keeping an eye on things since I left and they are going well here. Hopefully I can add to that.”

Chief Executive, Mal Brannigan, is also looking forward to see the midfielder back at the Club: “When Stephen Kenny was made aware that there was a realistic opportunity for Patrick to return to Oriel Park, it was an easy decision for the Board to make regarding entering negotiations and having understood and seen first-hand, Patrick’s desire to play for the Town once more, those negotiations ran smoothly. For both Patrick and the Club to commit to a three and a half year contract illustrates the desire to continually improve the team and create a healthy environment for competition within that team.”

Dundalk went back top of the SSE Airtricity League on Friday evening and ‘Fats’ has turned his attention to ensuring the Lilywhites stay there but is also excited by the European tie just around the corner.

“I only got to see parts of the match on Friday but it was a great win and reports say that too. I am looking forward to being back part of it and Europe is around the corner which is exciting.

“It is crazy for an Irish club to be thinking they can go far in Europe but we’ve done it before and we want to do it again.

“It’s a good place to be and hopefully I can help bring the league title back to Dundalk and win everything.“