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Early Bird Hartley Wants Dundee Deals Done Before Pre-Season

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Dundee are keen to get their summer business done sharply.

And manager Paul Hartley could well have his squad tied up by June, before the club go away for pre-season.

The hastiness of the boss was underlined on Monday when the club announced their third pre-contract signing this year.

Aberdeen midfielder Nicky Low, who Paul had on loan when he was at Alloa, penned a three-year deal at Dens Park.

His signing follows on from the recent confirmation of Daryll Meggatt’s deal as well as the completion of Rory Loy’s switch from Scottish Cup finalists Falkirk.

The gaffer has admitted his aim for next season is to get as many deals tied down before things get busy in the summer transfer market.

And Low is not likely to be the last incoming at Dens before the end of the current campaign, with the club in negotiations with a number of other potential transfer targets.

It’s not just from outside the manager is looking to get things wrapped up. Having secured the Dark Blues’ place in the top six, Paul, fresh from his own new three-year deal, is also set to ramp things up from within.

A fair chunk of Dundee’s first-team squad are out of contract at the end of May and one or two are set to enter negotiations.

Club chiefs are also keen to tie down more key players to long-term deals, following on from Greg Stewart, James McPake and Scott Bain putting pen to paper.

Full-back Paul McGinn tops the list of players earmarked for new terms.

Meanwhile, Low has taken to social media to express his delight at signing on for the Dark Blues.

He said, via Twitter: “Looking forward to getting started with Dundee. Hopefully, I can help the team going forward next season.”

The energetic midfielder went on to say: “I have had a great 14 years with the club but feel the time is right to go and try play more regularly.”

Dons boss Derek McInnes added: “He’s at an important stage in his career. I’d like to thank him for his efforts during my time with the club.”

Meanwhile, Hartley has hinted Paul McGowan may not play again this season.

Due to the timings of his tag curfew, imposed after his third conviction for police assault, McGowan may only be available for the Dark Blues’ final match of the season at Dundee United.

Source: The Evening Telegraph

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