Byrne in to boost strike force
FORMER Norwich City and Hibernian striker Kurtis Byrne has spoken of his delight at being offered the chance to play for Dundalk, after signing for the Lilywhites last Friday.
Dublin-born Byrne (22), the son of Paul Byrne who played for Dundalk in 2003 for a short spell as well as Bohemians and Celtic, spent time with the Canaries as a 16-year-old trainee, before moving to the SPL where he made seven league appearances for Hibs.
Byrne also spent time in the lower divisions on loan to East Fife, where he scored seven goals in 14 appearances, Alloa Athletic and Stirling Albion.
After being released by the Edinburgh club in May 2011, he signed for Ross County and helped the club win last season's First Division and promotion to the top flight, but he was released last month after completing a loan spell with Brechin City in the second division.
Speaking after putting pen to paper, Byrne said: 'I have been away from home for a long time and I believed it was time for a new challenge in my career.
'I was delighted to get the call from Stephen [Kenny] and it didn't take long for me to decide to join Dundalk.
'I know Richie Towell from my time in Scotland and I also played against Keith Ward when I was younger. Stephen has assembled a good side and I am very much looking forward to starting pre-season training with the lads.
'I was out on loan at Brechin recently and very much enjoyed it. I have gained a lot of experience, but now I want to establish myself at Dundalk FC and show what I can do.
'My aim is to score goals and become an important part of Stephen's team.'