Friday 2 December 2016

Dundalk boost as Horgan opts to stay

Published 03/12/2015 | 02:30

Daryl Horgan has committed his future to Dundalk
Daryl Horgan has committed his future to Dundalk

Dundalk have bounced back from the loss of Richie Towell to Brighton by securing the services of Daryl Horgan for next season.

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Stephen Kenny believes that the Galwegian is the 'best winger in the country' and Dundalk were fearful that they would also lose the 23-year-old to England this winter.

But after an unhappy trial stint at Peterborough, Horgan decided to sign on with the Louth club for another season as they go in search of a third successive title. He is also desperate to make progress in the Champions League.

"Europe is a big one," he said. "I'm really looking forward to it but the fact that we are unseeded makes it a little bit more difficult. We will get a difficult draw no matter who we get.

"It's an ambition of ours though to do well in Europe and hopefully we can make inroads, get through a round or two and see what happens. I've had two unbelievable years here. I love it up here and it's a great place to be."

Kenny said: "Daryl has really improved the team in that time in a major way. His ability to dribble past people inside or outside has been excellent. I feel he has really developed since he came here.

"He is a two-footed player. He can play left foot or right foot, inside or out, creates goals, scores goals and works really hard for the team. He has a fantastic work rate and he's a great person as well to have around the place. He's a really great guy and someone who has connected with the public."

Meanwhile, Dundalk's chief pursuers Cork City have strengthened their hand for next season by bringing Ian Turner back to the club.

The 26-year-old has earned a move back to his home-town side by making a good impression at Limerick.

Irish Independent

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