Lilywhites' new boy increases goal threat
DUNDALK moved to sign another highly-rated player from one of their big rival clubs on Monday as David McMillan became their second new face of 2014.
McMillan, whose elder brother Evan remains with Sligo Rovers, won an FAI Cup winner's medal a few weeks ago following the Bit O'Red's victory over Drogheda United.
The striker was previously at UCD for two spells where he picked up a first division winners medal in 2009 and his scoring exploits in the first half of this year - including a double in a 3-2 victory over his new employers - earned him a move west where he subsequently made 10 appearances.
The 25 year-old also spent the 2011 season at St Patrick's Athletic where he was a regular starter in the league and also featured in their European campaign. He also spent time in Australia with Olympic FC before returning to Ireland to line out for UCD where his goals ensured the Students stayed in the Premier Division at the end of the 2012 campaign.
Commenting about his latest signing, manager Stephen Kenny said: 'I don't necessarily see David competing with Patrick Hoban because he has great versatility - he can play as a striker or with a striker. When he won the league [first division] with UCD he played on the left, with Ciaran Kilduff through the middle.
'He's quick, has a good attitude and is a good finisher. He scores different types of goals, from inside and outside the box.'
Kenny moved quickly for McMillan after a proposed move to English League 1 promotion contenders Rotherham United fell through.
McMillan becomes the 15th player confirmed for the Lilywhites for 2014 as he joins the already re-signed Peter Cherrie, Mark Rossiter, Andy Boyle, Brian Gartland, Dane Massey, Chris Shields, Stephen O'Donnell, Richie Towell, Darren Meenan, John Mountney, Kurtis Byrne, Patrick Hoban, Ciaran O'Connor and new recruit Sean Gannon in Stephen Kenny's squad.
Kenny is also keeping tabs on the rehabilitation of Keith Ward as he recovers from a cruciate injury and has expressed the hope that the livewire midfielder will be part of the squad next season.
Meanwhile, speculation that Conor McCormack might be poised for a move to his home-town club have proved to be wide of the mark after the 23-year-old Carlingford native moved from Shamrock Rovers to St Patrick's Athletic.
The former Manchester United youth-team player made 93 league appearances for the Hoops over three seasons but was released when his contract ended.
Dundalk's odds on winning next seasons Setanta Sports Cup will have shortened slightly after two leading Irish League clubs, Linfield and Cliftonville, confirmed that they would not compete in the competition in 2014.
They have been replaced by Ballinamallard United and Coleraine, with Crusaders, Glentoran and League of Ireland representatives St Patrick's, Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers also in the hat for this Wednesday's draw.
The cup winners will receive €33,000 in prize-money, with €13,000 to the runners-up and €4,500 to each of the other teams taking part.