STEPHEN Kenny is willing to give key in-demand midfielder Richie Towell time to sort out his future.
Kenny has already managed to agree fresh terms with the majority of Dundalk's league-winning squad, as players like Daryl Horgan, Brian Gartland and Sean Gannon all signed up for 2015.
Dundalk have lost some players, with Pat Hoban's exit to Oxford United while Mark Rossiter, Marc Griffin and Donal McDermott have also left the club.
Kenny is very keen to see former U21 cap Towell back at Oriel Park next season but the Dubliner, who was on trial at Cardiff City last month and has also attracted interest from League One sides Chesterfield and Peterborough United, has yet to agree on a new deal.
"There is still no white smoke regarding Richie. I am still a little bit in the dark about it. It's something that has ebbed and flowed but we are not putting a deadline on it. We'll just see how it pans out," manager Kenny said.
But Kenny is pleased to have agreed terms with Bray Wanderers man Jake Kelly.
"Jake can play in a variety of positions across the front line and has a great shot off his left foot. With Donal McDermott and Marc Griffin gone, we need players in those positions," he said.
Meanwhile, Ireland U21 cap Conor Wilkinson has signed a new contract with Bolton Wanderers.
Wilkinson recently had a loan spell with Oldham but Bolton see the Irish lad as one for the future.