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McMillan looking ahead to ‘promising’ season!

First Team News
// 10 Dec 2013

David McMillan became the second new Lilywhite to put pen to paper at Oriel Park during the close season on Monday afternoon and speaking to dundalkfc.com moments after sealing the deal, he spoke of the influence of manager Stephen Kenny in negotiations.

“Stephen rang me about a month ago and we had a number of conversations in that period. All things were really good and Stephen spoke of the players who were here and the guys he wanted to bring in. We both agreed that this was the right club for me and I am really happy to sign.

“It’s good to get everything sorted early so just can’t wait to get going.”

McMillan joins following a brief spell at Sligo Rovers and while he is joining a new club, all is not new to him as he is familiar with some of his new teammates and he is hoping that after a mixed few seasons, Dundalk can be more consistent.

“I know a few of the lads who are here from before – Andy Boyle I played with at UCD and I know some of the other guys as well. They had a great season last year. When you see the players of the quality of Patrick Hoban and Richie Towell it’s a great place to be.

“The form of the club has been a little up and down. When you see in 2012 they almost got relegated, it makes it even more impressive what they did last year. It’s a very accomplished squad here now so hopefully we can be consistent.”

The 25 year-old is looking ahead to the new season and is hoping that the attacking style of the Louth club will allow him to contribute however his immediate aim is to claim a berth in the starting XI.

“Stephen likes to play an attacking style which will hopefully suit me. One thing is the goals were spread out around the team and midfield in particular. Richie Towell got a lot of goals and Stephen O’Donnell got important ones too.

“It’s all very promising. I’m really looking forward to next season and hopefully I’ll be able to add to that and nail down a starting place.”

One thing that the former UCD star has is European experience and the Dublin native insists it is important that the squad enjoy the experience and is hoping the town will get behind the club during the run.

“I have played in the Europa League with St. Pat’s and was involved in the Champions League with Sligo Rovers in the summer which was some of the best experiences of my life. It’s great to be involved in.  The lads who haven’t been involved yet will really thrive and enjoy it.

“There are a few in the squad who have been there before – Mark Rossiter and of course Stephen O’Donnell who scored that penalty in Belgrade so there is some experience there which is a help to us.

“It is about enjoying it all. Europe is great to be involved in and the town will get behind the club.”

Looking ahead to 2014, the ex-St. Patrick’s Athletic pointed to how the Saints responded to a Cup final defeat by claiming glory in the league in 2013 and feels that his new side should look to that as a ‘blueprint’.

“Dundalk came so close last year to winning the league and got a Cup semi final too which was great but the ultimate aim is to win trophies. It can spur the team on a little bit more. Look at what happened with Pat’s. They lost out in the Cup final last year and went on to win the league.

“That’s a good blueprint for Dundalk so the players should be even hungrier this year to win and hopefully we’ll have some silverware to show for the season.”