Dundee re-sign keeper Douglas and central defensive duo

Rhys Weston
Weston has signed a new one-year deal at Dens Park

Dundee have re-signed goalkeeper Rab Douglas plus defenders Craig McKeown and Rhys Weston for next season.

The trio have committed their futures to Barry Smith's side as they look to win the Scottish First Division.

Douglas, who has agreed a one-year deal, said: "Hopefully we can go on and have a push for promotion.

"If we can keep as many of the squad together and add a couple we will be in with a chance. We'll certainly give it our best shot."

And he told the club's websiteexternal-link that family connections made it easy to choose to stay.

"Me coming back here in the first place was largely down to my father-in-law," he said.

"He talked me into coming back, I was going to go to America at the time. I fancied going to Atlanta and I was sick of football when I left Leicester."

Weston, who has signed a one-year contract extension with an option for a further year if promotion is achieved, hopes that more of his teammates will follow his lead and stay at Dens Park.

"I'm hoping it's the case that the more of us that re-sign, the more that will follow", he said.

"I'm absolutely delighted that it's all done and dusted. There's been a wee bit of speculation over the last few weeks, but it was never really in any doubt that I'd be staying here.

"There's been a couple who have already committed themselves to the club, and there are a couple of lads who've got potential options, I would imagine - but hopefully they can sign up also and we can give it a good go next season."

Dundee's season was hampered by a 25-point penalty for going into administration.

They finished sixth in the league, but Weston knows the club's fans will hope to be challenging for the First Division title when the new campaign kicks-off.

"The expectation levels are going to be a lot higher, I would imagine, than they were last season, rightly so", Weston said.

"We've got a group of players who are capable of managing that expectation and hopefully we can take it all the way and get into the SPL."