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OFFICIAL: Dundalk hand Stephen O'Donnell two-year deal

OFFICIAL: Dundalk hand Stephen O'Donnell two-year deal

Seb Daly, Sportsfile

The Lilywhites captain intends to improve upon his side's 2016 exploits after putting pen to paper on a new two-year contract

Stephen O'Donnell has committed his future to Dundalk after signing a new contract that will see him remain at the club for the next two years.

The 30-year-old Lilywhites captain is heading into his fifth season at Oriel Park and is aiming to help the club retain their Premier Division title, which they won for the third year in a row in 2016.

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"The season just gone is all in the past now. It’s over with and we did have a good adventure. There’s no denying that but we have to focus on next season now," said O'Donnell. 

"It’s something that we want to try and do again. We want to do even better next season than we did this year. It was a great experience this year but the focus is to make sure we get the same experience next year.

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"We have lost a couple of players but them leaving is yesterday’s news. We have to focus on ourselves going forward and what we can do."

In committing to Dundalk, O'Donnell follows Sean Gannon and Dane Massey, who also signed new deals this week. They join Gary Rogers, Robbie Benson, Ciaran Kilduff, Paddy Barrett and Gabriel Sava in extending their time in Louth.