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Dooley wants to hit the ground running

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Dooley wants to hit the ground running thumbnailOn-loan midfielder Martin Smith tussles with Dungannon Swifts skipper Ryan Harpur during the Bannsiders’ win on Saturday. WK50032

COLERAINE'S new signing Stephen Dooley admits he has been impressed by what he has seen of his new team-mates as he prepares to play his part in the club's bid for honours over the second part of the season.
The 26-year-old has put pen to paper on a six month deal with the option of a further year - as predicted in this newspaper last week.
The attacking midfielder is expected to take part in full training this week though international clearance may not be through in time for him to feature against Linfield on New Year's Day.
Dooley's return is a huge boost for the Danske Bank league leaders who maintained their six point advantage over nearest challengers Crusaders at the weekend with a dogged 1-0 win over Dungannon Swifts.
The Crues came from behind to defeat Warrenpoint Town 3-2 in the only other match played in the top flight on a day when the wintry weather was the real winner.
“We're delighted to have him for six months with the option of a further year," admitted Bannsiders' boss Kearney.
“I'm not saying Stephen won't go back into full-time football but this year he feels the time is right.
“The fact that it is his hometown club outweighs other aspects and it means something to Stephen," he added.
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle

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