Friday 26 May 2017

Fenlon: No funds to solve striker crisis

Pat Fenlon said that financial issues were the main reason for Shamrock Rovers' striking crisis
Pat Fenlon said that financial issues were the main reason for Shamrock Rovers' striking crisis
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Pat Fenlon has admitted that Shamrock Rovers have a striking problem but says they don't have the money to solve it.

The Hoops are relying on 21-year-old Mikey Drennan and his inexperienced teenage understudy Gareth McCaffrey after winter signing Danny North suffered another injury setback, with a recovery time of six weeks.

Fenlon would like to bolster that department, but he admitted after Friday's FAI Cup defeat to St Patrick's Athletic that there is no budget to facilitate a new signing.

"We don't have the money - it's as simple as that," said Fenlon, when pressed on his weakness in the forward department.

"That's where things are and we just have to get on with it.

"I think we were light even with Danny available to us. It's just unfortunate Danny got injured.

"Mikey is a young player who is learning the game. He has done well in certain games for us and in other games he has struggled a bit. But there's no point moaning about it."

The Hoops' focus is now very much on making strides in Europe next month. Progression through a round of the Europa League would be worth an extra €210,000 to them and they will be seeded in the first qualifying round.

Meanwhile, it emerged over the weekend that Bohemians and Dublin City Council have reached agreement on the main aspects of a deal that will see Dalymount Park fall into public ownership and their plan is set to proceed without the involvement of Shelbourne.

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