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O’Neill and Montgomery leave Swifts

Johnny Montgomery

Johnny Montgomery

THE summer transfer wheeling and dealing is continuing at Dungannon Swifts with two big name departures from the club in recent days.

Johnny Montgomery has left after his contract expired, while transfer-listed Ryan O’Neill has agreed a move to Glentoran.

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Montgomery’s departure is particularly noteworthy, with the 39-year-old defender spending most of his long career at Stangmore Park.

Despite his advancing years, the club captain played in 24 league games last season and was a key figure as Dungannon secured their senior status.

Apart from two short spells at Glenavon, Montgomery spent all his career at the club.

He memorably grabbed Swifts’ first goal in Europe, scoring in a 4-1 loss against Icelandic side Keflavik seven years ago.

Swifts manager Darren Murphy expressed his personal thanks to Montgomery.

“I would like to go on record and thank Johnny for the outstanding contribution he has made to the football club,” he said.

“Johnny is one player who has played and seen the club rise from the old ‘B’ Division to the heights of fourth in the Irish Premier League.

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“I had the opportunity to play with Johnny at both Glenavon and Dungannon Swifts. He was a whole-hearted defender, who always gave 100% and had a great desire to win.”

Murphy said the defender has had a hugely successful career.

“When he looks back on his career at Dungannon Swifts he can be proud of his achievements,” he added.

“First Division winner, Ulster Cup winner, Mid-Ulster Cup winner, Irish Cup Final 2005, Setanta Cup matches and captaining Dungannon Swifts in Europe.

“Finally I would like to wish Johnny all the very best for the future and thank him for the support he has given me in my time as first team coach and manager of Dungannon Swifts.”

At the weekend it was also announced that right-back Ryan O’Neill has left after agreeing terms with East Belfast side Glentoran.

The 23-year-old, who signed for Dungannon in 2010, had been placed on the transfer list in May.

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