Wednesday 13 December 2017

New man Keegan straight in squad for Brandywell

DUNDALK have moved to strengthen their squad in a bid to keep pace with the Airtricity League pace-setters, with the signings of Jordan Keegan and Francis McCaffrey set to be completed last Tuesday.

The deal with Keegan, a Dublin-born left-sided midfielder, went through in mid-afternoon after he had been released in the morning by St Patrick's.

Lilywhites boss Stephen Kenny immediately moved for the 21-year-old who played three English Championship games for Scunthorpe United last year and had a spell with Southampton as a teenager.

At the time of going to press midfielder McCaffrey, a 20-year-old Belfast native who was released by Premiership-bound Hull City at the end of the English season, was en route from the North to Oriel Park and was expected to agree terms.

It's also believed that 16-year-old Ciaran O'Connor, another midfielder who has come up through the ranks with Dundalk and scored their second goal in Sunday's friendly against Glentoran, is set to be offered a professional contract until the end of next season.

Giving his reaction to the signing of Keegan, Kenny said the move was prompted by the number of injuries suf-

fered recently which see John Mountney (ankle), Mark Rossiter (calf), Keith Ward (cruciate) together with the suspended Stephen O'Donnell all ruled out for Friday night's game against in-form Derry City at The Brandywell.

'Because of all the players that are out we need to supplement that, and Jordan is a very skilful player and has packed a lot into a short career. He scored two goals here for Monaghan last year, and then went to Scunthorpe and was in their first-team squad before a new manager came in.

'He is quite a talent and a very creative player.'

McCaffrey played in Sunday's friendly against Glentoran at Oriel Park and also impressed Kenny sufficiently to be offered terms.

Keegan will go straight into the squad for Friday's clash with Derry, who have won their last five games in league and cup competitions.

'We have to re-jig the team because of injuries, show character and bounce back from last week.

'Obviously it was disappointing to lose in Thomond Park, but Limerick are a good team and we made mistakes and got punished in the end.

'It would be too strong to say it's a wake-up call. We just want to stay in contention with five or six games to go and see where we are.'

Meanwhile, Setanta Sports have announced that they will broadcast the July 19th Cork City v Dundalk game live, and the kick-off time has been put back to 8.05pm.

The Argus

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