NEW Cork City manager John Caulfield says that the capture of FAI Cup final hero Anthony Elding is a major statement of intent, while champions St Patrick's Athletic have made a treble swoop to kick off their winter recruitment.
Elding, the English striker who scored a dramatic 94th-minute winner for the Bit O'Red in their thrilling 3-2 win over Drogheda United at the Aviva Stadium, has put pen to paper with the Leesiders after they made the strongest move for his services.
The well-travelled frontman scored 19 goals in his season in Sligo, and Caulfield is delighted with the capture.
"While people will remember him for the winning goal in the FAI Cup final, I remember him getting lots of great goals in the league throughout the season," said Caulfield.
"He's a big target man. Again, it's showing the club's intentions of being competitive and being up near the top. We want to win things and every time I spoke to him, it was clear that he wanted to come to the club. He's a winner, and he's the type of player we're looking for.
"When I first contacted him, we seemed to strike a bond straight away. He came down to Cork and saw the facilities – the UCC Mardyke, the training ground and he knows Turner's Cross.
"He could see the potential and he bought into that. I enjoyed his enthusiasm; he promised me that he would score loads of goals and I expect him to do just that."
Meanwhile, St Patrick's Athletic boss Liam Buckley has moved to strengthen his title-winning squad by confirming the capture of Sligo Rovers midfielder Lee Lynch and Shamrock Rovers pair Conor McCormack and Ken Oman.
Lynch struggled for opportunities in the final weeks of Sligo's campaign, while McCormack and Oman were released by the Hoops at the end of the season.
The capture of the latter should compensate for the departure of Conor Kenna, who made the move to Tallaght after captaining the Inchicore men to the title.
The versatile McCormack endured a stop-start spell in Dublin 24 that was affected by injury problems.
Meanwhile, new Drogheda United manager Robbie Horgan has secured the services of Mick Daly for the 2014 campaign, while Mick Cooke has moved into pole position to become new manager of Athlone.