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Friday 18 April 2014

Former Kennedy Cup captain for Port Vale

Aoife Lyons of Kerry reaches for the ball while under pressure from Orla Finn of Cork during the Ladies Munster senior round one match in Caherciveen

FORMER Kingdom Boys footballer Gary O'Neill is expected to sign a two-year professional contract today with League One club Port Vale.

Tralee native O'Neill, who has captained a Kerry Kennedy Cup team, and was the first Kerry man to captain a Republic of Ireland international team (at under-16 level), has spent almost two years at Wolverhampton Wanderers as an Academy player, but the 18-year old central midfielder is due to sign for Port Vale today following the completion of a medical at the club, which is situated in Stoke-on-Trent.

O'Neill's move follows on from the news that St Brendan's Park midfielder Shane McLoughlin is to sign for Ipswich Town.

McLoughlin, who learned his craft with Castleisland FC and Killorglin FC ahead of his move to the Tralee club, and will soon head to Portman Road to join the Suffolk club under manager Mick McCarthy.

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