Dundalk furious at Rovers' swoop for 'retired' Fenn
Published 03/08/2010 | 05:00
DUNDALK are fuming at the news that Shamrock Rovers are in advanced discussions with Neale Fenn, a few days after the veteran striker had his contract with the Louth club terminated on the basis that he was retiring from the game.
The Hoops were one of a number of clubs who contacted the 33-year-old when his parting of ways with the Oriel Park outfit was announced and they are hoping to agree personal terms by the weekend.
Dundalk agreed to part company with Fenn (left) by mutual consent after manager Ian Foster heard the striker's personal reasons for bringing his career to a close.
Foster refused to comment on the situation yesterday and it's understood that the Lilywhites hierarchy are waiting for official confirmation before commenting officially on the matter.
It's clear, however, that they would not have let the player go if they had any inkling that he might make a comeback in different colours. Rovers are entitled to sign Fenn, who was present at the first leg of their Europa League meeting with Juventus last Thursday, as he is a free agent. Any professional who is out of work before July 31 can sign for any club before the end of this month.
Fenn, who has been playing professionally in this country for the last seven years, will be able to collect a lump sum -- a portion of the tax he paid during that time -- when he officially confirms that his playing days are over. It now appears that payment will be delayed until after the end of this campaign.