Dundalk FC are delighted to confirm that Jamie McGrath and Sean Hoare have signed new deals, tying them to the Club until 2019 and 2020 respectively.
McGrath and he joined the club ahead of the 2017 season and has made the number 10 position his own this season with a string of fine performances and has netted 3 goals so far in 2018. He added that to the 7 he got in his debut season.
Overall he has made 47 appearances in all competitions for the Lilywhites.
The 21 year-old’s contract was due to expire at the end of the current campaign and has now inked a new one year increase on that.
Speaking on his new contract McGrath told dundalkfc.com that he has enjoyed his time at the club to date and is intent on keeping the good times going.
“I am absolutely delighted to get the contract signed early. It is good to get it over the line. I have enjoyed my time here at the club.
“I wanted to extend the contract here. It was something I wanted to do, times are looking good. I want to keep things going and that is the plan.”
The Athboy man is pleased with how the current campaign is progressing and feels that Oriel Park is a ‘good place’ to be.
“On a personal level and a team level, the season has gone very well so far. It’s a competitive squad and this team is only going from strength to strength.
“We are doing well at the moment and we have had a good start to the campaign. Everyone feels good around the club so that’s all positive and it’s a good place to be around.”
There’s still a lot of football left to play in 2018 and the midfielder is ready to challenge on all fronts however he is taking each week one game at a time.
“We have a lot to play for this season. Europe is just around the corner and we are looking for a good run in that but the league is the priority.
“We are taking each game as it comes and we aren’t getting too far ahead of ourselves. We want to win the league and hopefully come October we can get the trophy.”
Also signing is Hoare has been in fine form this season and has been a converted right back for the past 6 weeks, being an integral part of the Lilywhites form this season so far.
Signed from St. Patrick’s Athletic, along with McGrath, ahead of the 2017 season, Hoare has made 44 appearances for the club in all competitions scoring two goals in that time.
The 24 year-old was out of contract at the end of the campaign and has extended that by two seasons.
Speaking to dundalkfc.com after putting pen-to-paper on his new deal, Hoare felt it was ‘an easy decision’ to extend his stay.
“I am delighted to extend my contract. I have had a great time here so far and it has been great. I feel at home here.
“It was an easy decision to sign. A no brainer and I am just glad to get it all sorted. ”
The current campaign is the Dubliner’s second season as a Lilywhite and he feels the side are where they want to be and is enjoying his football in 2018.
“The season is going well for us. We are up at the top of the table where we want to be. It was a settling in period for me last year but I feel a lot more comfortable now. The team are playing well and we are on a good run at the moment.
“I want to keep going and improving. I have played a few positions in the past few weeks but I have been enjoying it and enjoying the season overall. ”
The plan is to kick on and the former NUI Maynooth student is intent on winning as much as possible at the club.
“I want to be successful at Dundalk. I wan to win as much as possible. That is why I have extended my contract with the club.
“The league title is the priority and we want to get that back but we want to win everything. We are taking it one game at a time and we want to keep our good form going against Limerick on Friday.“
The Club’s Chief Executive Mal Brannigan added: “It was clear to see from early discussions with Seán that he was as equally keen to commit his future to Dundalk FC as the Club was and so we are very pleased to announce this news. He has been a mainstay in the manager’s defence this season and his performance has been one of the reasons for the team’s current form.”