Dundalk FC is delighted to announce that Keith Ward has signed a new contract with the club for the 2023 season.

The 32-year-old attacker returned to Oriel Park for a third spell last December and was an important member of Stephen O’Donnell’s squad this season, making a total of 34 appearances.

“I met the gaffer at the end of the season and we had a good chat about how things went and about what I can bring to the team again next year,” said Ward.

“I think this season went well, both individually and from a team point of view, and I really enjoyed it. Coming from Bohemians, I knew it would be a big change but the chance to work with the gaffer was a challenge I really wanted and I’m looking forward to another season now.”

Wardy chipped in with six goals – his highest tally in a single campaign – and five assists and he said he was aiming for a similar return next season.

“Scoring goals is something that I probably haven’t done enough of throughout my career,” he said. “I’d probably favour a pass more than a shot at times but I chipped in with more goals which is what I wanted to do and hopefully I can improve on it again next season.”

Ward is the sixth player to commit his future to the club in recent weeks and he believes that continuity will only help Dundalk’s quest for honours in 2023.

“When we came in for pre-season last year we had a lot of new players who were new to the club and the league and for a lot of us, it was also our first time working under the gaffer.

“The difference now is that a group of us will know exactly what’s expected when we get back and what way Stephen wants us to play and that will be a big help next season.”

Dundalk FC head coach Stephen O’Donnell said: “Keith had a huge impact this season, whether he started games or came off the bench.

“He finished the year with six goals, including that great strike against Derry City on the last night, which was his highest ever and we are hoping for the same again next year.

“As everyone knows, he is great around the place and his attitude in training is exemplary so when you marry everything together, you have a really good, experienced player with lots of creativity and they are not easy to find.”