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Dundalk's latest signings swayed by Kenny's ideas

Published 19/12/2012 | 21:15

MANAGER Stephen Kenny and a number of Dundalk's new signings turned up at Oriel Park on Friday afternoon to discuss their aims for 2013 with the local media.

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Former Shelbourne central defender Andy Boyle revealed that he had a tough decision to make on the next step in his career at the end of last season before making the decision to join the Lilywhites.

'I spoke to Stephen and I liked his ideas and what way he was going with the club. I weighed up all the offers and I made the decision to come to Dundalk and we can just go from here,' he said.

Boyle (21) is hopeful of turning Oriel Park into a fortress venue and is aiming to enjoy his football.

'I would say that we will play a good bit here and play a good brand of football which will hopefully get the crowds back, make it a tough place to come and hope all of us enjoy our football together.

'I don't mind the pitch. The past few years I have enjoyed playing on it. I don't see all the hype of it, I just don't see why we won't do well on it.'

On the season ahead, the former UCD defender is hopeful of a good season and doesn't want to put any limit where they can go.

'Hopefully we can build on the signings we're making now and look forward to a better season than last year. We have a good manager here and I don't see a limit to what we can do.'

Patrick Hoban has made the switch to Oriel Park from first division Mervue United and he couldn't hide his delight at moving east.

'Stephen Kenny, I met him a few weeks ago and straightaway I wanted to come here. The calibre of the manager is what really made the difference and I'm delighted to be here.'

Hoban will be joining a former teammate in John Mountney and he was full of praise for his friend.

'I played with John two seasons ago. He's a great player and has a great engine on him, so hopefully we'll link up well again.

'I didn't speak to him but I am glad that there is someone here I know.'

The striker will be making the step up from the second tier of Irish football but he doesn't see it as a big jump, pointing out he spent a year in England already with Bristol City which he hopes will stand to him.

'I'm not looking at it. I feel like I'm ready for it. I'm going to grab this opportunity with both hands.

'I was already over in England, so hopefully that will stand to me, but I am looking forward to the step up.

'Next season the basic aim is to stay up, obviously, but I'll be looking to achieve more than that.'

Speaking about his new recruits, Kenny said he was delighted with both, highlighting their individual quality.

'Patrick's a very good player. I think he is quite dynamic. He's creative and he can also get goals too.

'I am delighted with Andy Boyle's signing. He's a terrific player. Only 21 and has already played three full seasons in the league. One with UCD and two with Shelbourne and even played in an FAI Cup Final.

'He is a terrific footballer, cultured centre-back and very good on the ball.'

Meanwhile, the Airtricity League have confirmed that they will be releasing the Premier Division fixture list for 2013 later today (Wednesday).

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