Dundee United extend Ryan Dow & Marc McCallum contracts

Dundee United's Ryan Dow

Dundee United midfielder Ryan Dow has agreed a new two-year contract extension at Tannadice.

The 22-year-old joined from rivals Dundee in 2006 and has made 30 appearances for Jackie McNamara's side this season, scoring four goals.

Goalkeeper Marc McCallum, 21, has also signed a deal until May 2016.

"Ryan and Marc have both came through the ranks and in my time here both have shown continual improvement," manager McNamara told the club website.external-link

"Both are from the local area also and it will be a boost for our fans to see the players secure their future," he added.

McCallum made his first team debut in a 3-1 home defeat to Aberdeen this month.

United are preparing for Saturday's Scottish Cup final meeting with St Johnstone and Dow is in the frame for a starting place at Celtic Park.

"Missing out on second and third in the league, it is a big opportunity to win a cup and the bonus on top of that is to get into Europe where we wanted to be," he said.

"It is a big double, winning the cup and getting into Europe.

"I have been playing more in the last six months, the gaffer has given me a run of games.

"I like the style of football we play, I am happy, I am a local boy, so everything was in place to sign.

"Some of the stuff we have played this year has been outstanding and to be involved in those games and performances - long may it continue.

"Hopefully this team stays together. We have a really exciting team and we could go on to big things.

"It is good playing attractive football and finishing in Europe but trophies are a hard thing to come by so if there is an opportunity to get one you are going to do everything possible to get one."