Dundalk have announced that winger Michael Duffy has signed a new contract with the club.

The 26-year-old Derry native been instrumental in the club's league and Cup victories since joining from Celtic in January 2017 and was named PFAI Player of the Year in 2018.

Duffy is waiting on international clearance, having played at U21 level for Northern Ireland, with his former boss Stephen Kenny keen to call him up to the Republic of Ireland squad.

He had been linked with a move to England.

"I’m delighted it’s done and I’d like to thank MLS Management for getting it over the line," said Duffy.

"I can look forward to the season ahead now. It was a big decision but I think I’ve made the right choice staying with Dundalk and I can’t wait to get back on the pitch.

"We finished 2020 on a high by winning the FAI Cup and that was a big factor in my decision. There were a few months last year when things weren't good at Oriel Park but some of my best memories from being at the club came from the way we finished the season and that’s what I want again."

Duffy becomes the fifth member of the Dundalk squad to pen a new deal ahead of the 2021 campaign after David McMillan, Daniel Kelly, Sean Murray and Cameron Dummigan also committed over the festive period.

However, defenders Sean Hoare and Sean Gannon last month opted to join rivals Shamrock Rovers.

The 2021 League of Ireland season will be delayed until at least 19 March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.