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Tuesday 19 September 2017

Shamrock Rovers boss Stephen Bradley talks transfers ahead of Europa League opener

Big win for Stephen Bradley's men. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Big win for Stephen Bradley's men. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Aidan Fitzmaurice in Reykjavik

Shamrock Rovers boss Stephen Bradley has ruled out a move for ex-Ireland U21 cap Gavin Gunning, but former Hoops player Dean Ebbe, a free agent after his release by SPL side Inverness, is on the Rovers radar.

Rovers are in Europa League action this week, away to Icelandic side Stjarnan tomorrow night (8.15pm kick off Irish time), though there was a slight hitch in their preparations as the club's chartered flight to Reykjavik from Dublin was delayed by 90 minutes this morning, Rovers finally arriving in Iceland behind schedule.

Bradley will assess knocks and decide on his team to face Stjarnan after a training session in their home town of Garadbaer, just outside Reyjkavik, on Wednesday evening but he is also planning for the future.

The Rovers boss has confirmed that Dutch defender Tim Linthorst will come in on trial next week but ex-Blackburn man Gunning, released by Grimsby last month, will not join the Hoops.

"Gavin has gone back to England, it didn't work out, we had him in for three or four days but we had a chat and agreed it wasn't right for either of us," Bradley told independent.ie. "He is good lad but we are looking for something different to what Gavin is.

"Tim Linthorst is coming in, it was supposed to be kept under wraps but it's not, he will come in for a week to 10 days, train with us, I think he is with a Scottish team this week, he will come in with us and we will make a decision after that.

"We don't need to move anyone on, we will only bring him [Lindhorst] in if he improves us as a player and he's a good character, I have to be careful with the squad and I won't add anyone for the sake of it. In pre-season we came in under budget so we have money to spend if the player is right."

Bradley will also consider forward Ebbe, who moved to SPL side Inverness in January from Bluebell United but was released as Caley were relegated.

"I have spoken to a few people about him, even before he went to Inverness, I spoke to Andy Noonan at Bluebell and he was here [Rovers] before, I had gone and watched him a few times, we would have to get him in and watch him around the group, that would be important for me, I have seen him as a player but I'd need to see him around the group," added Bradley.

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