Sunday 26 May 2019

Clancy keen to strengthen Drogs squad as transfer window opens

PJ Murray

The League of Ireland Summer transfer window officially opened this week and Drogheda United boss Tim Clancy is hoping to strengthen his squad for the final series of fixtures this season. 

Speaking following his side's 2-1 at home to Cobh on Friday night Clancy confirmed that they have identified several targets.

'We have, we have made a few enquiries, but it's very early in the window. We will hopefully get a couple of players in and maybe give us a few options that we don't have at the moment for the last round of the games,' he said.

Clancy has a specific area of the squad he's looking to bolster.

'Probably a couple of attacking options wouldn't be bad, maybe a wide player or an attacking midfielder, but they are hard to come by and it's hard to get players in. Worst case scenario though, we don't get anyone in and we'll have to keep going with the squad we have who have been brilliant so far.'

But first up for the Meath man is Friday's game against Finn Harps and with UCD unexpectedly dropping points last week at home to Longford the gap at the top of the table is now down to just four.

'It's a really tight league, UCD have done brilliantly so far and it's very hard for any team to keep that run going until the end of the season and all we can do is try and stick in there and put as much points on the board as we can and hopefully that will be enough at the end of the season for a play-off place.'

Friday's win though means Drogheda head into a tough game with a fresh injection of confidence, especially after the run the squad had before the mid-season break.

'We had a good performance against Shels then a disappointing performance away to UCD and a great performance against Longford and didn't get the result maybe that we deserved but it was important to get the win against Cobh after the break and I'm delighted with that, it sets us up nicely for Friday night, but we know Harps are a tough team.'

No doubt Ollie Horgan will have his squad set out to frustrate Drogheda and Clancy is well aware of their potential to be difficult. They are coming to United part off the back of a series of mixed results in their previous outings and beat Drogheda in their last meeting, so there will be a small element of revenge on the minds of the team.

Clancy will have Jake Hyland and Sean Brennan back from suspension and he hopes to have several other players available too.

'We are training tonight [Monday] and I'll have a chance to assess the squad. Mark Doyle went off with cramp on Friday so he should be fine, conditions were tough and he did a lot of running. Stephen Meaney hopefully will be back in and start training again soon and we'll have a look and see how he is.

And we hope to have Conor Kane back training this week and available for selection on Friday.'

But it must be said that the Drogheda XI who lined out on Friday without the missing trio of Kane, Hyland and Brennan performed very well. Clancy is well aware of this fact and understandably it's something which he will take great pleasure from.

'You take three of your main players out of any team in the league and they will struggle and that's what makes it more pleasing that we could get the win without those three.'

There was a small sense of déjà vu following a harsh penalty decision on Friday against Cobh. Drogheda were denied a point away to Longford when a goal seemed to be ruled out incorrectly for offside but the Meath man takes the view that these decisions even themselves out over the course of a season.

Kick-off on Friday is at 7:45pm at United Park.

Drogheda Independent