Brennan to prolong career - with Harps
Killian Brennan announced his retirement from professional soccer last week but won't be hanging up the boots just yet after agreeing to join the North East Football League champions Boyne Harps for 2019.
The Drogheda club are thrilled that the Rathmullen native - one of the League of Ireland's most decorated players - will be lining out for them and it's something manager Wayne Wright thought he'd never see.
Explaining how he persuaded the 34-year-old - who won three Premier titles, two FAI Cups, five League Cups and the PFAI Players' Player of the Year award during a stellar career - to sign, Wright said: 'Since I've been involved with Boyne Harps we've had the Brennans in and out for brief training sessions during pre-season, and obviously [his brother] Gavin signed for us last year.
'It just started with a conversation a couple of weeks back when Killian was in, saying he wanted to do a bit [of training] to keep himself ticking over, and he said then that he was considering retiring [from the professional game].
'He'd had a couple of injuries and was sick of all the travelling, and I asked was there any interest to keep playing.
'I was just throwing it out there, so I was a bit taken aback when he said he would like to play a bit of local football.
'After he announced his retirement last week things moved pretty quickly. I met with him and he said he's going to play. It's only a couple of years ago that he was the best player in the country and it's brilliant for us and for the league that we can bring this type of player in.
'He knows all the lads in the team anyway and with us playing in United Park it's just like home for him.'
Harps say they will also be retaining the services of Guy Bates, whose goal famously clinched the League of Ireland Premie Division title for Drogheda United back in 2007.
However, the 33-year-old striker will be out for a number of months as he suffered a serious injury towards the end of last season and has since undergone ACL knee surgery.