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Tuesday 23 October 2018

Here we go!

Sporting looking like title contenders after two more top signings

SHANE CASSELLS

The new additions to the Sporting Fingal squad continue to grow with the signing last week of Alan Kirby from St Patrick's Athletic and Gareth Whelan from Drogheda United.

Both men come to club with fine football reputations and according to manager Liam Buckley will play a big part in his efforts to bring a championship title to Morton Stadium.

Whelan in particular is sure to prove a big hit among the fans as the 21 year old hails from Portmarnock and his large 6'3" frame will cut an imposing figure on the pitch.

The centre half will bring a healthy competition for places in the defence and he is joined in this area by Sean Williams - himself a former Drog. The two other signings from Drogheda, which Buckley has already completed, are Shaun Maher and star man Eamon Zayed.

Sporting's other big name signing is that of Alan Kirby, who is regarded as a consummate professional by commentators in the game and can play anywhere across the middle of the field. He won a couple of FAI cup medals with Longford Town and was an integral part of the set up at St Pat's.

He will join two other former St Pat's men at Morton with Stephen Paisley and Gary O'Neill having already signed on the dotted line.

Other newcomers to the squad include Ross Gaynor from Cobh Ramblers, Shane McFall from UCD and goalkeeper Darren Quigley from Derry City.

All of these new players are in addition to the players whom Buckley has retained from last year's squad. A total of nine players have been re-signed by Buckley and these include top scorer Robbie Doyle, Conan Byrne, John Frost, Fiachra McArdle, Philip Byrne, Dinny Corcoran, Collie James, James Hussey and Brian Gannon.

In total this gives the gaffer an operational squad of 19 for the season ahead and Buckley is relishing the chance of bringing his Sporting side all the way to the Premier Division.

'I'm delighted by all the new signings we have made and the guys are settling in really well at training. I would hope to make maybe one or two more additions before the start of the season but overall we have a good nucleus of the squad together,' explained the gaffer.

'I have also brought Robbie Horgan in as a new goalkeeping coach and he was actually a former keeper for me when I was in charge at Shamrock Rovers.

'Overall the strength in the squad has been improved and at this stage guys are really looking forward to just getting out there'.

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