Butcher says striker Rooney will stay at Caledonian

TERRY Butcher is confident that he can keep in-form striker Adam Rooney on board at SPL side Inverness Caledonian Thistle despite some expected bids for the Ireland U21 cap.

Dubliner Rooney has scored 13 goals for Caley this season - only Ranger man Kenny Miller and fellow Dubliner Conor Sammon at Kilmarnock have scored more - and that form will undoubtedly spur some transfer speculation, but manager Butcher hopes he will sign a new deal.

"Adam is very happy here and is quite laid back about things. I am not worried about him leaving in January - unless there was a tremendous offer for him," Butcher said.

"I don't think he particularly wants to go. He enjoyed last season very much and he is certainly enjoying this season. There is a certain thought process of completing the job this season. I am hopeful we can speak to Adam in January and get him to sign.

"I am quite relaxed about other teams looking at our players. I would rather be in that position than no one looking at our players."

Scully boosts Limerick with two signings

PAT SCULLY'S hopes of winning promotion with Limerick FC next season have been boosted with a double signing.

Limerick have snapped up experienced defender John Frost from Sporting Fingal while in-form Wexford Youths striker Gary Sheahan has also moved to Limerick.

Frost (30) previously played for Waterford United, St Patrick's Athletic and Fingal and was capped at U18 level and he's pleased with the move.

"I'm delighted to sign with Limerick FC. My family is from Limerick and I'm very proud of my Limerick roots, so I was delighted when this opportunity arose, to play for my 'real' home club. But importantly, this is also a club with ambition and I look forward to playing my part in our push to get Limerick promoted to the Premier Division," he said.

Sheahan moves back to Limerick having scored 10 goals for Wexford last season.

- aidan fitzmaurice