Saturday 22 October 2016

Free agent Foley given chance to earn contract by McCarthy

Published 12/01/2016 | 02:30

Kevin Foley is looking to gain a permanent place at Ipswich Photo: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
Kevin Foley is looking to gain a permanent place at Ipswich Photo: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

Kevin Foley played a trial game with Ipswich yesterday in a bid to prove to his old boss Mick McCarthy that he is worth adding to the squad.

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The 31-year-old has been out of the game since parting company with Copenhagen at the end of last season and had been working with his old international colleague Stephen Hunt on improving his fitness with a view to securing employment. Hunt signed up with Coventry over the weekend.

Foley played 90 minutes for Ipswich's U-21 side in a 2-2 draw with Charlton. The best period of his career came under McCarthy at Wolves, but the right-back suffered a bad spell in the aftermath of missing out on Euro 2012 with the pain compounded by a luckless spell of injuries that ultimately led to an unhappy end to his time at Molineux.

He would be linking up with a substantial Irish contingent at Portman Road if a deal went through with Daryl Murphy, David McGoldrick, Jonathan Douglas and Jay Tabb in the first team.

Ex-Shelbourne midfielder Adam McDonnell made a first team debut earlier this season and is a regular in the U-21 set-up alongside Shane McLoughlin - they both figured in the Charlton encounter.


Meanwhile, new Sligo Rovers boss David Robertson has continued his recruitment drive by moving to sign Irish U-21 international Kieran Sadlier.

Robertson brought English-born Sadlier to Peterborough in the summer but the product of the West Ham academy failed to break through into the team and went out on loan to Halifax.

"Kieran is a player that I do rate very highly," said Robertson, "He is a very exciting player and is a versatile attacker. He will come here with a very good footballing pedigree.

"He is someone that I know very well and I have enjoyed working with him in the past. He will be an excellent signing."

He will join another underage international Jimmy Keohane who came back from a spell in England to sign up last week.

Cork City have made a significant addition by agreeing terms with Derry winger Stephen Dooley. "He's a player that I have admired when I have seen him in action," asserts John Caulfield. "He's an old-fashioned winger, he likes to take on full-backs and go past them."

"He can play on the left or the right, he's direct, he's pacey and he chips in with a few goals as well. I think he will be a very exciting player for us"

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