Cross-channel deal still on cards after Carlisle setback


Published 30/01/2013 | 13:00

Chris Shields, pictured celebrating after Mark Griffin had scored against St Patrick's at Richmond Park last season, will be back with Dundalk for 2013. Picture: Barry Cregg/Sportsfile

STEPHEN Kenny believes Chris Shields is still capable of landing a top club across the water in future, despite the collapse of a deal with League 1 club Carlisle United.

Last year's club captain quickly returned to Oriel Park and put pen to paper on a new contract last Saturday evening after failing to secure a move to Brunton Park.

The Dundalk manager was only too happy to gain the signature of the versatile 22-year-old who he sees as occupying one of the central defensive berths much as he did for a considerable part of last season.

'Chris was at Preston for a month and then with Carlisle, and they had been in contact with him regularly, but a deal fell through at the last minute,' Kenny reported on Tuesday afternoon.

'But he has time on his side and can get a better move than that if he proves to be good enough.

'Chris is a good addition to us. He's been in the league for three full seasons and played a lot of games for one so young, he's very athletic, has good pace and can use the ball well.

'Tradtionally he has been a midfielder, but he seemed to do well at centre-back and that's where he'll be used, most likely.

'I spoke to him on Friday, he came in and signed on Saturday evening and then trained on Sunday, so he's shown a good attitude by wanting to get back in training straightaway instead of taking a break.'

The Lilywhites follow up their friendly at home to Finn Harps on Friday February 8th with a match against a Tommy McConville XI on Saturday February 16th at 6pm in Oriel Park.

They host Wexford Youths on Friday the 22nd and then take on an Ireland junior international XI in Dungannon on Tuesday 26th.

Dundalk have also been drawn away to Sheriff YC or Liffey Celtic in the fourth round of the Leinster Senior Cup and that match must take place before February 28th.

Meanwhile, the DFC Community Trust will hold their agm this Thursday night at 8.30pm in the Lilywhite Lounge. Stephen Kenny will attend along with a number of the squad to meet supporters and answer questions.

This is our first official Trust agm and all Dundalk supporters are invited to attend and possibly join the Trust on the night - membership costs from just €10 per year. Nominations have been received for the Trust committee and only members may vote to confirm these nominations.

A new club membership system will be unveiled on Thursday night and members of Friends of Dundalk/Patron Scheme will automatically become a Dundalk FC club member.

As well as the important business of discussing with Kenny his progress so far, the meeting is an opportunity to get involved in the club in the coming year and to discuss wider issues relating to supporter involvement in the league and how Dundalk will operate in terms of finance and communications throughout the year.

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