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NEW CONTRACT: Conneely signs a one-year extension

Captain Seamus Conneely signs a one-year contract extension with the club

31 July 2021

Accrington Stanley captain Seamus Conneely has today signed a one-year extension to his current contract with the club.

The 33-year-old, who had a year left on his contract, joined the Reds in January 2015 after previously playing under John Coleman at Sligo Rovers.

He was made captain the following season and has been an integral part of the Stanley side since then, making a total of 260 appearances and lifting the trophy as the Reds won the Sky Bet League Two title in 2018.

The former Sheffield United midfielder has since helped Stanley maintain their position in Sky Bet League One for the past three campaigns, with Coleman naming Conneely as his Player of the Season for the 2020/21 campaign.

The Irishman's extension will keep him at the Wham Stadium until the summer of 2023.

John Coleman said: "He's deserved it, he's epitomised what we're about and he was our best player last season.

"He keeps himself as fit as he can, I know he's injured at the moment, but he covers the most ground on the pitch in every game he plays.

"We need that experience, he's deserved a new contract and I think we've got a good few years left in Seamus."

Seamus said: "I was very pleased when the manager came to me, a little bit surprised, but I said yes straight away.

"It suits me to be settled. I know everyone around the ground, the staff, the fans, I am comfortable in the area and it’s nice to know I will be here for another two years and that’s good as my kids are going to start school in September so these little things are important.

"My family are very happy in the area, I am happy at the club and we have had some good times since I first came here in 2015.

"The highlight was getting promoted to League One and maintaining our status for the next three seasons. I am looking forward to a couple more seasons of hopefully progress."

A full interview video with Seamus will be uploaded to the club's official YouTube channel later today, CLICK HERE to find out more!

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