Dunne looks to the future with new three-year deal

May 26, 2006

Richard Dunne is looking to Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce to turn the club into a top-six Premiership side.

Republic of Ireland centre-back Dunne has signed a new three-year contract which will keep him at City until 2009, while Paul Dickov joined from Blackburn on a two-year deal.

And Dunne is eager for the club to match the faith they have in him by making several other signings this summer to ensure they become regular European challengers.

At one stage last season City were flying and pushing for a potential UEFA Cup spot, only for the campaign to collapse on the back of nine defeats in their last 10 matches.

Dunne feels the squad at Pearce's disposal is too thin, and requires a considerable amount of strengthening.

'I think it was a disappointing season for us,' Dunne said.

'Our aim was to get into Europe and we ended up seven or eight positions below that.

'It was all going very well up until we got knocked out of the FA Cup and everything went down from there.

'I think as a squad we probably didn't have enough players. We had too many injuries and couldn't really cope.

'The manager has said he will be looking to sign a fair few players in the summer to strengthen the squad.

'We need to do that in order to push on and build and make the club into what the fan-base and the stadium says we should be - which is a top six or seven club.'