'I felt every bit of agony that our supporters felt last season' says Darren King as he re-signs with Newry City

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th April 2022 Newry City FC captain Darren King picks up the Lough 41 Championship trophy at The Showgrounds in Newry.Photo by Matt Mackey / Press Eye.Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th April 2022 Newry City FC captain Darren King picks up the Lough 41 Championship trophy at The Showgrounds in Newry.Photo by Matt Mackey / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th April 2022 Newry City FC captain Darren King picks up the Lough 41 Championship trophy at The Showgrounds in Newry.Photo by Matt Mackey / Press Eye.
Newry City captain Darren King was one of six players who re-signed with the club ahead of the 2024/25 campaign, and he says the hope is that they can put last season in the rear-view mirror and ‘enjoy their football’ as they go in search of promotion.

King – who has made 435 appearances for Newry City across two spells – is undoubtedly a club legend, and he conceded that he felt the same pain as the City supporters, as they finished bottom of the Premiership last season.

However, the 2021/22 season was a tremendous one for Newry, as they won the Championship and King is hoping that they can replicate that feeling come next May.

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"I'm delighted to sign another season with my club,” he told the Newry City AFC official website.

Darren King (right) leads his teammates in paying tribute to the Newry City supporters. Pic: Brendan MonaghanDarren King (right) leads his teammates in paying tribute to the Newry City supporters. Pic: Brendan Monaghan
Darren King (right) leads his teammates in paying tribute to the Newry City supporters. Pic: Brendan Monaghan

“I felt every bit of agony that our supporters felt last season as I'm a Newry supporter first and a player second.

"After the disappointment of the past season and having some time off to rest and recuperate, the focus now has to be on working hard and getting back to enjoying football for players and supporters alike.

"The last season we played in the Championship was one of the club's best and most enjoyable in recent history, so let's see if we can replicate that."

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