Shields Signs a New Contract Extension With The Lilywhites
Dundalk FC midfielder Chris Shields has signed a contract extension that will keep him at Oriel Park until the end of 2021.
The 29-year-old moved to Dundalk ahead of the 2012 campaign and has gone on to become a Lilywhites legend, winning a clean sweep of domestic medals, including five league titles.
The news comes on the eve of the new SSE Airtricity League season and speaking to DundalkFC.com just minutes after putting pen to paper, Shields said that he was thrilled to extend his link with the club.
“Since day one I’ve been happy to be here and who would have thought I’d be going into 10 years at the club! That’s very rare in the League of Ireland and I take real personal pride in it.
“I’ve seen so many players come and go over the past decade so to be a constant is nice and it’s great knowing that I can just concentrate on my football now for the next two years.”
Lilywhites manager Vinny Perth has never hidden his admiration for Shields and he paid tribute to the Dubliner’s work-ethic which has made him an integral part of the side over the past eight years.
“Chris Shields sums up everything about Dundalk Football Club,” said Perth. “He has been through the good times and the bad. He was here for the relegation play-off game in Waterford in 2012 and he has been here for all of the success we’ve had over the past seven years.
“This will be his ninth season at the club and he has gone from being a squad player to becoming one of the most decorated players in the history of the League of Ireland. It’s a testament to Chris and how hard he works, both on and off the pitch. He is a true legend of the club and long may that continue.”