3 players delighted to extend their stay with Linfield FC

Posted : 29th May 2020

A short time ago David Healy announced that Linfield stars Shayne Lavery, Mark Stafford and Daniel Kearns had agreed deals to extend their stay at the club for a further year.

The trio gave their immediate reaction to Jamie Megarry of official Linfield media.

Daniel Kearns

"I’m delighted to have signed a new contract, I spoke with the manager before Christmas about extending my stay at the football club. So I’m just really happy that everything is finally sorted.

It’s important to have that bit of security during this difficult period everyone is going through. I’m sure it’s a frustrating time for all the players out of contract this summer.

I missed a number of games through injury which was frustrating for me, but the boys have been brilliant all season really and of course the European run at the start of the campaign was unbelievable to be involved in.

I think the group of players and the management team made me feel that I really wanted to stay at the club. They’re a great bunch of lads to be involved with, and of course you want to be challenging for trophies every season and being at a club like Linfield, you're always going to get that.

I’ve missed football a lot to be honest, I think it will be a bit strange at the start when we get back because of the social distancing measures being put in, and who knows maybe even playing behind closed doors for a few weeks (hopefully not), but I’m looking forward to getting back at it, once it is safe to do so."

Shayne Lavery

"I am very happy to sign a new contract. I have loved my first season here with Linfield and can’t wait to get going again, when it’s safe to do so.

The manager, staff and players have all been so welcoming to me, as well as the supporters which makes it so enjoyable for me to play here. When I joined Linfield I said I just wanted to get back playing again and I've been thankful to be able to do that. We've had a good season so far and now we just have to wait and see what happens.

The European run was amazing for everyone and I'd love another crack at it as it gave us all great memories.

It's good to secure my future, so that I can fully focus on being ready for when football returns and doing what I enjoy best for Linfield."

Mark Stafford

“I’m delighted to put pen to paper for Linfield for another season. I thought that the current unfinished season may have been my last but I’m really fortunate and grateful that the manager has asked me to stay on for another season.

I’m feeling good and I want to give it a real good go next season and I just want to play my part in helping the club get among the silverware.

I just want to thank the manager for continuing to show faith in me and I’m so pleased to show my commitment to him, the club and of course our fantastic supporters who have always been so wonderful towards me.

I can’t wait to get back to training with the lads and preparing to bring more success to a club that I’ve loved playing for.”

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