Sunday 22 October 2017

Doyle's US departure date may be determined by Wolves' fate

Doyle ended a year-long exile by making two substitute appearances for Kenny Jackett’s side in the last week as they registered back-to-back victories to move within five points of sixth-placed Watford.
Doyle ended a year-long exile by making two substitute appearances for Kenny Jackett’s side in the last week as they registered back-to-back victories to move within five points of sixth-placed Watford.
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

The timing of Kevin Doyle's imminent switch to Colorado Rapids could hinge on Wolves' play-off challenge after his surprise return to first-team action at Molineux.

Doyle ended a year-long exile by making two substitute appearances for Kenny Jackett's side in the last week as they registered back-to-back victories to move within five points of sixth-placed Watford.

He is out of contract in the summer and has held extremely positive discussions with the Rapids hierarchy about moving to America on a two-and-a-half-year deal after checking out the facilities.

As it stands, Doyle could move for nothing in July, but he can still join the MLS side outfit at any point between now and the close of the US Primary Transfer Window in mid-May if a suitable agreement can be reached with Wolves.

However, the 31-year-old will not be going anywhere for a month as his wife is currently expecting a baby.

And with Jackett now viewing the player as a suitable option from the bench in his preferred two-striker system, it has opened up the possibility of the Wexford man featuring in the remainder of their promotion tilt.

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Their final league match is against Millwall on May 2 and Doyle could still move on afterwards to Colorado in time to be registered for the rest of the season.

But if Wolves succeed in making the play-offs and Jackett wants the experienced attacker for that mission then his American relocation will be delayed.

Meanwhile, Doyle's fellow Irish international Simon Cox has been told that he must improve his goalscoring form to get back in the Reading side.

Cox has struck just once in 17 games since November and his new boss Steve Clarke has dropped him because of that return.

"It's not a worry but it's something I have to address," said Cox. "I've had a chat to the manager and he's said that to me.

"He said, look you did well first part of the season, no-one can argue with the work rate you put in, but we need the goals as well."

Tom Mohan's Ireland U-17 suffered another defeat to Croatia in Zagreb yesterday. Mohan's charges lost 2-1 after going down 4-3 in their earlier friendly clash on the Balkan trip.

"It was disappointing for the lads not to get something out of the game because they deserved something," said Mohan.

Paul Doolin's U-19 group host Azerbaijan at Tallaght this afternoon looking to follow up on their 5-0 win in the first meeting.

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