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30 Jun 2020
Paddy McNally

Portadown manager Matthew Tipton signalled his intent for the forthcoming season by today agreeing a new three-year contract with influential defender Paddy McNally.

McNally joined the club last summer from Larne, making 30 appearances across all competitions last season and scoring three goals, including the late winner against PSNI in a game the Ports played the majority of with ten men following Christopher Crane’s first half dismissal.

The deal secures the 25-year-old’s future at Shamrock Park until 2023. Much travelled, McNally has previously also been on the books of Celtic, Cliftonville, Glenavon, Ballymena United and Carrick Rangers.

He spoke of his delight at the news: “I’m over the moon to commit myself to this brilliant club. 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.

“There was no hesitation in me committing for another three years, I’m excited to see what we can achieve together and playing a part in getting this great club back to where it belongs give me immense pride.”

And boss Tipton was equally as pleased to get his man, “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 the announcement of our promotion back to the Premiership.” he said.