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Tuesday 27 September 2016

O'Donnell tells Horgan and Towell to value what they have

Published 10/11/2015 | 02:30

Stephen O'Donnell is an important player for Dundalk
Stephen O'Donnell is an important player for Dundalk

Dundalk captain Stephen O'Donnell believes there is no chance that star duo Richie Towell and Daryl Horgan will leave Ireland for a low-grade English destination but accepts there is danger they will receive an offer they cannot refuse.

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Horgan teed up Towell for Dundalk's extra-time winner in the FAI Cup final - a goal that sealed the double for Stephen Kenny's team.

The highly-rated midfielders signed only one-year deals at the start of the campaign so they are free to consider their options this winter. And, while they have made it clear they are happy in Dundalk and will be going nowhere else in Ireland, a host of English clubs are monitoring their situation.

Brighton have looked at Horgan, while Millwall and Bristol Rovers are amongst a posse of sides to be considering making a play for Towell, although the country's top scorer has said he will refuse offers to go on trial after a souring experience at Cardiff 12 months ago.

Temptation

O'Donnell believes that the pair should value what they have in Louth and avoid the temptation to make a move that might boost their pay packet without really furthering their career.

"Obviously if a good club comes in they'd have a big decision to make but I don't see the pull of going over for a few hundred quid a week more if you're uprooting your whole family."

O'Donnell was frustrated by Dundalk's Champions League defeat to BATE Borisov in the summer and that's just one reason why he was quickly talking about the future in the aftermath of the Aviva triumph.

After enjoying success with Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers, he's been central to Dundalk's three years at the top end of the table and he's not in the mood to draw a line under this adventure.

"I don't think it's going to end," asserted the Galwegian who came off the bench to play through the pain barrier and make a major contribution.

"We're going to be hungry again for it next year - no doubt about that. The attitude is going to be the same as it was this year and we'll go again.

Irish Independent

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