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Saturday 10 December 2016

Kenny signs a new deal with Dundalk

STEPHEN Kenny has signed a long-term deal as Dundalk manager as the Dubliner is determined that the club's success will not be a one-off, writes AIDAN FITZMAURICE.

Kenny, now in his third season at Oriel Park, was under contract until the end of this term, but the club had verbally agreed on an extension until the end of the 2016 season, a deal which was signed in the last 24 hours.

"We made an agreement at the end of the season but I just put pen-to-paper this week. So this wasn't something we decided in the last few days but I am delighted to be staying on until the end of 2016," Kenny said.

"It has been a tremendous journey the club have embarked on in the last few years and it has been great to be part of. We were bottom of the league and had a completely new group go from where we were to league champions and to win trophies. It has been great for all involved," added Kenny.

"The big challenge now is to keep that going. It has been 20 years since Dundalk were consistently in the top four, 20 years since Dermot Keely won the league here and it has been that long since Dundalk were an established club. That's the challenge we face now.

"We want to mount a defence of our title and we look forward to Europe.

"There's a great hunger among everyone at the club. The work ethic of my technical staff and by everyone behind the scenes has been terrific and a vital part of our success. They have been fantastic to work with through this time. To have the club compete and grow with the perceived bigger clubs is a credit to everyone at the club."

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