Dundee’s Shaun Byrne eyes key role in McPake’s rebuild

New Dundee signing Shaun Byrne has his sights set on playing every week whilst helping to develop some of the club’s younger players as he joins on a three-year deal.

The former Livingston midfielder was high on manager James McPake’s shortlist of players to join the rebuild at Dens. Byrne joins with Dundee having spent a five-figure sum to acquire his services. The new Dark Blue has revealed that he was sold on the manager’s vision for the side he wants to build, and the role which Byrne himself will play.

“I think he just wants younger boys, hard work and all fighting in the same direction,” he said.

“I think that is what will bring success – everybody close together wanting to be successful.

“For me personally I think he is just wanting me to be playing every week, be a big part of the team and hopefully help some of the younger boys that are coming through.”

The move itself came about quite quickly with Byrne first hearing that permission had been granted to speak to Dundee while he was away on holiday.

“I was just on holiday last week and I got a text from the manager,” he said.

“He had permission to speak to myself from Livingston, so I spoke to him on the phone for a while and then I came and met him last Saturday.

“It got done quite quickly to be fair and by the Tuesday I had agreed, and I was up to sign.”

Despite dropping down a division from the Scottish Premiership to the Championship, in no way does Byrne see this move as a step backwards in his career.

“Dundee is a massive club,” he said.

“It is a club that should be in the Premiership, so I am hoping in the next year or so that Dundee are back up playing in the Premiership.

“I look at it as a good move.”

Byrne had been involved in three successful years with Livingston featuring regularly in two back-to-back promotions and an expectation defying season in the Scottish Premiership last term. The Livingston team he was part of has gained a reputation for having real strength of character, and that is something Byrne sees as an important part of what he can bring to Dundee.

“I think it is important that you can mix your game up,” he said.

“Before I went to Livingston I was more technical on the ball, but Livingston brought out a different side of me.

“I think it is always good to have a balance of play, but also doing the dirty side as well.”

Meanwhile, Dundee will play their first pre-season friendly this Saturday against Brechin City at Glebe Park. Kick-off is at 1pm.

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