Boss Dean Shiels reveals captain Douglas Wilson’s exit call night before game

Dungannon Swifts boss Dean Shiels revealed on Saturday how captain Douglas Wilson informed him the night before facing Ballymena United his decision to join the Premiership rivals.
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Ballymena finished with a 5-1 success - with Wilson named in the starting line-up as captain before Shiels made a call to substitute the player after around 40 minutes.

Shiels, who was appointed as Swifts boss earlier this month, used his post-match interview to highlight the pre-contract agreement by Wilson.

“I’ve got my captain ringing me the night before the game, telling me he’s signing for the opposition,” said Shiels in a video posted on the Swifts’ YouTube channel. “So, how do you deal with that?

Dungannon Swifts boss Dean Shiels during Saturday's defeat by Ballymena United. Pic by Pacemaker.Dungannon Swifts boss Dean Shiels during Saturday's defeat by Ballymena United. Pic by Pacemaker.
Dungannon Swifts boss Dean Shiels during Saturday's defeat by Ballymena United. Pic by Pacemaker.

“I get a phone call on Friday night by Dougie Wilson to say that he’s signing for Ballymena the night before we play Ballymena.

“So you tell me, has he let me down, has he let his teammates down? I don’t know.”

In the interview, Shiels confirmed the decision to substitute Wilson with the scoreline at 2-0 due to “his performance wasn’t good enough”.

When asked would Wilson continue to play for a Swifts side he has represented since 2014, Shiels said: “I don’t know”.

The Swifts boss went on to outline plans for reshaping the Swifts: “I’ve told the board there are too many, we have to balance the squad, we don’t have enough in certain areas and too many in others...I have to learn what I need to strengthen in the summer and what I want to keep.”


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