Swifts stump up ‘Dingo’ dollars to buy Cliftonville frontman.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Swifts stump up ‘Dingo’ dollars to buy Cliftonville frontman. thumbnailNew Dungannon Swifts signing Daniel Hughes (centre) is pictured with Chairman Keith Boyd (left) and manager Rodney McAree.

DUNGANNON Swifts have pulled off something of a coup by acquiring the services of Cliftonville striker Daniel 'Dingo' Hughes.

The club has splashed out an undisclosed four figure transfer fee to bring Hughes in, having paid out £2,000 for Glenavon's Mark Patton earlier this month.

Twenty-five year-old Hughes took the Irish Premiership by storm a few seasons ago with Warrenpoint Town, earning a move to Solitude.

However, due to a wealth of attacking options, he never quite nailed down a regular first team spot in his two years with the north Belfast men, and has switched to Dungannon after two years with Cliftonville, putting pen to paper on a two and a half year contract.

Hughes originally made his name in the Carnbane League in Newry with Orchard City before switching to the Milltown men.

And Hughes could well slot in to the starting 11 for this Saturday's clash with struggling Ards. He is also available for the Irish Cup sixth round clash with Glenavon on 3rd February at Mourneview Park, but he is cup tied for the League Cup semi final meeting with Crusaders next Tuesday, 30th January.

Speaking following his transfer, Hughes expressed his excitement at getting to work at Stangmore Park.

He said: "What was a big attraction to me was the way Rodney (McAree) sets up his team and how they want to play.

I felt this would really suit my style of play and that I would be a good match.

"One of my main reasons for making the move to Stangmore was for the reason every player wants - to get game time. I wasn't getting enough of that at Cliftonville and Rodney offered me the opportunity to play.

"Dungannon is a club which is very family orientated, something that I was used to at my time with Warrenpoint Town and I loved that, so that is also a big plus. My ambitions meet the ambitions the Swifts have, pushing on up the table and trying to get into the mix, as well as challenging for European football."

Speaking to the Courier about the signing, Rodney said: "I am thrilled we have been able to secure the signature of Daniel Hughes until June 2020. We have been actively looking for a striker and I am delighted as I know we have got the best possible player to come in to fill this position.

"He is a goalscorer and the kind of player we really have been missing. We haven't had an out and out striker; we have had other players playing out of position and it's kind of been square pegs in round holes and this should fix that and give us something different."

The Swifts have also agreed a new deal with attacker Cormac Burke, tieing him to the club until 2020, while Kris Lowe is expected to seal a new deal in the near future.


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