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Portadown sign Paddy McNally on new long term deal

Tue, Jun 30 2020

Action from Glentoran FC v Portadown at The Oval in January 2020 Credit: Clare McCahill (ETPhotos)

Portadown have announced that defender Paddy McNally has signed a new three-year deal which will see him remain with the club until 2023.

The 25-year-old joined Portadown in 2019 from Larne having previously played for Celtic, Cliftonville, Glenavon, Ballymena United and Carrick Rangers.

McNally made 30 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring on three occasions.

Portadown were last week promoted back to Danske Bank Premiership after suffering relegation three years ago. 

The NIFL season was curtailed with final placings decided based on points-per-game meaning Matthew Tipton’s Portadown side were crowned as the champions of the NIFL Championship.

Portadown manager Tipton described McNally as a ‘leader on and off the pitch’ after the defender committed his future to the club.

“From the moment Paddy arrived with us last summer he’s been tremendous in everything he has done. 

“A true leader on and off the pitch. I’m over the moon to get this piece of business done so quickly after Fridays announcement of our promotion back to the Premiership,” Tipton said.

Also speaking to the club’s website, McNally explained how there was ‘no hesitation’ in signing the deal.

“I’m over the moon to have signed a new contract with Portadown and commit myself to this brilliant club. 

“From day one the welcome I’ve got here has been unreal, the clubs is in really good hands at the moment and I can’t wait for what lies ahead.

“Personally it’s been the most settled I think I’ve ever been at a club and that’s credit to the staff and supporters for making me feel that way.

“So there was no hesitation in me committing for another three years. Excited to see what we can achieve together and playing a part in getting this great club back to where it belongs gives me immense pride,” McNally explained.