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Loughgall continue to prepare for next season

Loughgall continue to prepare for next season

Loughgall's Dale Montgomery is one of 13 players to agree a new deal to remain at Lakeview Park next season.

Jonathan McNabb

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LOUGHGALL have confirmed that seven players have agreed new deals to remain at Lakeview Park next season.

Defenders Dale Montgomery, Mark Stewart and Jamie Rea have all committed their futures to the club, as well as Craig Robinson, Stefan McMaster, Marc McConnell and Conor Mullen.

Last week, we reported that Marcus Dallas, Ricky Copeland, Gary Liggett, Andrew Hoey and Ben Neill had all put pen-to-paper to stay at the Villagers.

This takes Dean Smith’s negotiations to 12 players and he expects more business to be done before the end of the season.

“We are trying to get a few more players tied down to new deals and we will discuss that with them,” Smith said.

“There are a few players who we would like to stay, but we will have to see how that pans out.

“It is great to have so many players who want to play their football here and that bodes well.

“Since I’ve been here, I’ve got to know the players over a year-and-a-half and the qualities that they possess.

“I’m still left frustrated at times because I know how good they can be, but we need to be better defensively next season and we have to perform every week.

“This season so far has been excellent and it’s important that we now build on that.”

Smith was delighted to retain the services of Dale Montgomery amid interest from other clubs.

“Dale was my first signing here as I knew about him for a long time,” Smith added.

“He had a spell at Dungannon Swifts before returning to Armagh City and I’ve always admired his qualities.

“He is a committed player and is extremely reliable.

“There was interest in him from other clubs, so we are glad he is staying.”

The Lakeview boss insists talks have begun to bring new players in at the Villagers.

“We have spoken to a few players about possibly joining us next season,” Smith concluded.

“The management staff here know what we need, so it’s about getting the right personnel.

“It’s not easy bringing in players as financially it can make it difficult, but our recruitment in January was good, so we are hoping for the same this summer.

“Hopefully reaching the semi-final of the Irish Cup and finishing in the top six has raised our profile so we can attract better players.”

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