Saturday 24 June 2017

Keane to help out-of-work League of Ireland players

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane offers to help out-of-work League of Ireland players
Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane offers to help out-of-work League of Ireland players
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has offered to help out at the PFAI's winter training camp for out-of-work League of Ireland footballers.

The players' union are preparing for another renewal of the annual initiative which gives players without a club an opportunity to train together and get fit so prospective employers can come and watch them.

Keane became aware of the project and has indicated that he would like to speak to this year's group.

There is a chance that he could also oversee a training session as they build towards a tournament in Norway which allows them to showcase their abilities to a wider audience, although the main purpose has proved to be impressing managers back home.

The Corkman will attend the PFAI's annual awards dinner in Dublin tomorrow night, an event that will also be attended by Brian O'Driscoll with the rugby legend accepting an invite.

Dundalk trio Richie Towell, Stephen O'Donnell and Daryl Horgan are shortlisted for the Player of the Year award along with Cork's Mark O'Sullivan.

Meanwhile, two players who will not be looking for a club in the off-season are Limerick duo Paul O'Conor and Shane Duggan. Despite suffering relegation to the second tier, Martin Russell has managed to keep hold of the vital duo with the support of the club's hierarchy.

It will significantly aid the Shannonsiders' attempts to go back up at the first attempt. Cork City manager John Caulfield was very keen on adding Duggan to his squad for next term.

The local lad said: "It would have been hard to walk away and leave the club in the First Division without trying to do anything to help it."

Irish Independent

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