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Monday 19 November 2018

Curran move to join former colleague at Ards is ruled out

Shane Reddish has ruled out bringing Dundalk player coach Paul Curran to Ards - for the present anyway. However, he says “the door might open again” to such a move. He and fellow manager Jim Gannon share a desire to add defensive strength to their squads, and that posed a crux to Curran returning to the club he left to join Trevor Anderson at Oriel Park.

Shane Reddish has ruled out bringing Dundalk player coach Paul Curran to Ards - for the present anyway.

However, he says “the door might open again” to such a move.

He and fellow manager Jim Gannon share a desire to add defensive strength to their squads, and that posed a crux to Curran returning to the club he left to join Trevor Anderson at Oriel Park.

The managers discussed a swap deal, and Reddish was prepared to offer in exchange striker Lee Feeney, who has experience playing with Rangers in the Scottish League and Linfield However, Gannon is also on the lookout to strengthen his defensive options.

Reddish, a favourite at Oriel Park in his playing days, also lined out alongside Curran at Ards and knows first hand the qualities that the experienced defender would bring to the club.

His team made a very encouraging start to the new season on Saturday when a 0-0 draw in the CIS Cup away to Linfield didn’t do justice to his side’s display in which local player Paddy Quinn was the game’s outstanding player and earned a bottle of champagne as “Man of the Match”

This was Quinn’s first competitive game since he was the innocent victim of a serious incident in town early in the year.

Another former Dundalk player Derek Delany made a promising debut after his summer transfer from Larne playing off the front two strikers. Paudie Gollogley, also a product of the local youths system was “immense” in the heart of the Ards defence, according to his manager.

Reddish signed the tall, powerful centre-half from Drogheda after Paul Doolin took over at Untied Park.

Meanwhile, Alan Keely, son of former club playing idol and league title winning boss Dermot, has emerged as a target for Gannon.

The young centre-half is one of 14 players that new Dublin City manager Roddy Collins has released.

Gannon, however, is carefully weighing up any move into the transfer market not wishing to put a strain on the club’s rather tight budgetary position, and add to the wage bill with promotion now very much hanging in the balance.

Any dealings will hinge on existing players leaving, and Saint Patrick’s Athletic are supposed to have expressed interest in strikers Garry Haylock and Stephen Geoghegan. The former is rumoured to be seeking a move from the club.



Gannon is also believed to be looking to re-shape his backroom team.

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