Portadown Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Ryan Mayse from Dungannon Swifts.

The 29 year old midfielder began his career as a striker with Dungannon Swifts where he would progress through the Dungannon United Youth ranks during a 3 year spell before joining Strathroy Harps in the Fermanagh and Western league where he would win the Mercer League title as well as the Mulhern Cup in 2015 before making the move to Dergview.

The Newtownstewart native would join Ballinamallard United in 2016 and go on to score 10 goals for the Mallards in 2016/17 before making the move back to Stangmore Park and Dungannon Swifts in 2017 where in his second spell at the club he would score twice in the League Cup final and pick up the Man of the Match award as the Swifts lifted their first ever senior trophy with a 3-1 win over Ballymena United.

After being placed on the transfer list at his own request at Stangmore Park, Mayse would join Ballymena United in the summer of 2018 as David Jeffrey swooped to land his services with the midfielder helping guide the Sky Blues to a second-place finish in the Danske Bank Premiership and earn European qualification in the process.

At the start of 2020, Mayse would pen a loan deal to return to Ballinamallard United but that reunion at Ferney Park would be marred by the COVID-19 pandemic. He would sign a permanent deal at Ferney Park for the following campaign but would return to Dungannon Swifts in January 2021.

Ryan would captain Dungannon Swifts over the past two seasons winning the club’s Player of the Year in 2022 and is fresh from skippering the Co.Tyrone club to Premiership safety via the play offs and victory against Annagh United over two legs.

On the signing of Ryan Mayse, Portadown manager Niall Currie commented

Ryan is a player I’ve nearly signed on two or three occasions now and we’re over the moon to get him on board.

He had options to stay in the Premiership but chose our project because, like us all, he realises he can fulfil the rest of his career at this club.

He’s another leader we’ve got into our changing room and I know our supporters will be over the moon to get him, simply put he has that bit of class and is a match winner.

On the move to Shamrock Park Ryan said

Leaving Dungannon Swifts wasn’t an easy decision or one I took lightly, a club I am very close to, but I feel at my age now and after a long tough season last year I need a new challenge and a fresh start.

After talking to Niall and hearing his plans for the club and the club’s ambitions I am delighted to sign for Portadown. Portadown are a massive club with a massive fan base and I look forward to helping the team push for promotion and get back to where the club belongs, in the Premiership.