Sunday 23 July 2017

Galway look to swoop for Sligo target Donnelly

EXETER, ENGLAND - JULY 21: Rory Donnelly of Swansea City in action during the Pre Season Friendly match between Exeter City and Swansea City at St James' Park on July 21, 2013 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
EXETER, ENGLAND - JULY 21: Rory Donnelly of Swansea City in action during the Pre Season Friendly match between Exeter City and Swansea City at St James' Park on July 21, 2013 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

GALWAY United are looking to hijack Sligo Rovers' attempts to complete a deal for Northern Irish striker Rory Donnelly.

The 25-year-old has been without a club since his abrupt departure from League One side Gillingham before the end of their league season in April.

He is understood to have held talks with Sligo Rovers about a move to the Showgrounds.

Donnelly worked with fellow Belfastman Gerard Lyttle when he was at Cliftonville and the new Bit'O'Red manager has identified him as a player that can help them in their battle with relegation.

But bottom side Galway view Donnelly in the same terms and are keen to recruit the ex-Northern Ireland U21 international to help with their goalscoring problems.

Both teams have struggled in that department this term. Galway have scored 18 from 21 games and Sligo - who are a point ahead - have struck a total of 20 in 19 league outings.

Donnelly's departure from Gillingham in April came as a major surprise. He was suspended two days before their final game of the season and was duly released from his contract.

The former Swansea man had been a regular member of Gillingham's side and scored for the club in his final outing in their colours.  In total, he struck 12 in 66 appearances across two seasons in their colours. But he now looks set to continue his career in the League of Ireland.

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