Friday 22 September 2017

Hoare on Swindon's radar as Rovers eye Elliott move

Sean Hoare. Photo: David Maher/SPORTSFILE
Sean Hoare. Photo: David Maher/SPORTSFILE
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Swindon Town are mulling over a bid for highly regarded St Patrick’s Athletic defender Sean Hoare.

Swindon Town are mulling over a bid for highly regarded St Patrick’s Athletic defender Sean Hoare.

The League One side have scouted the 21-year-old after he impressed last season, with analysis of his performance in the Saints’ European tie with Skonto Riga an important part of their homework.

Swindon were impressed and are contemplating making an official approach for a player who spent time at Hull last winter and was also of interest to Swansea City and Portsmouth in the summer. Hull were put off by an asking price in the region of €250,000. Swindon would be looking at a five-figure sum if they pressed ahead with an offer.

Saints boss Liam Buckley has been busy in the transfer market since the League of Ireland season ended and, while Kenny Browne has departed for Cork, he did strengthen his defensive options last week by signing Darren Dennehy from the Leesiders. He also added Shane McEleney to his squad in the summer and has the promising Lee Desmond in his ranks so he does have a lot of cover in Hoare’s position.

Meanwhile, Shamrock Rovers have strengthened their attacking options by signing Dean Clarke from Limerick and Gary Shaw from Longford and they could be followed to the club by former Ireland international Stephen Elliott.


Pat Fenlon is thrilled with his additions. He’s been on the trail of Shaw, 23, for some time. “He is a player we looked at early last season so to get him now is very satisfying,” he said. “He has a great desire to achieve in football is hungry for success and gives us more options up front.”

Fenlon had spoken of adding pace to his squad in an attempt to catch up with a vibrant Dundalk side and feels that Clarke, 22,  fits the bill. “He is the profile of player we are looking for,” he said. “He is a very quick player and can play on both sides of the pitch and up top. Other clubs were interested in Dean and we are delighted to have him with us at Rovers in 2016.”

Elliott has been out of action since rupturing his Achilles tendon in action for Carlisle United 14 months ago. The ex-Sunderland striker was released by Carlisle in May of this year and is on Rovers’ radar although any deal would have to be structured around appearances given his misfortune with injuries.

Doubt still surrounds the futures of the ex-internationals who lined out for Rovers last term with Stephen McPhail and Damien Duff yet to make a final call on whether they will play on in 2016.

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