Dundalk boss Vinny Perth has praised the club’s owners for backing the club off the field ahead of the new season.

On Monday, long-time club volunteer David Minto took up the role of Chief Business Officer at Oriel Park.

He is one of three off the field appointments over the off-season with local journalist Gavin McLaughlin also appointed as the club’s new Media Content Officer in January and Aaron Lawless coming in as Project Manager.

Mr Minto’s primary function will be to bring revenue into the club and improve links with the community. He is best known in recent years for his work with former Dundalk FC kit suppliers CX+ Sport, as well as for his involvement with Dundalk Chamber of Commerce where, amongst other duties, he helped to organise the St Patrick’s Day parade in Dundalk.

A former Dundalk IT Students’ Union president, Aaron Lawless has worked at Intact Software and for Ridley’s in marketing roles in recent years.

Speaking about the new appointments on Monday, Perth said it was a show of faith in the club from owners PEAK6.

“To be fair to our owners they’re putting their money where their mouth is in terms of backing the club.

“What has happened over the last seven years is that we’ve built from the top down. We’ve went too quick in terms of success on the pitch and off it we didn’t keep up.

“Now Martin Connolly has people in to help him. Before this he was just one man.

“We have a new chairman now in Bill Hulsizer who has great energy to improve everything on and off the pitch.

“I think these appointments are a positive. Full-time appointments are very expensive for a League of Ireland club so we must give credit to the club for doing this. We’ve had huge success on the pitch and this is their way of saying we want to catch up off it.”