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Saints sign Greene with last day deal

LEAGUE champions St Patrick's Athletic have managed to lure former Ireland U21 cap Aaron Greene back to Dublin after a spell with Sligo Rovers.

But Eamon Zayed (pictured) has been unable to agree a move away from Shamrock Rovers before the close of the domestic transfer window and he is now in limbo, no longer part of the plans at Tallaght Stadium.

St Pat's were busy on the last day before the transfer window closed, coming to a deal with Lee Lynch which allowed him leave Richmond Park and line up a move to his hometown club Limerick. The Saints also signed teenage prospect Jack Bayly on a professional deal.

But boss Liam Buckley was pleased to secure the signature of Aaron Greene. The Tallaght lad has had an unsettled career since he made his senior debut with Galway United in 2009, taking in spells with Bohemians, Sligo, Shamrock Rovers and a second spell at Sligo.

But new Sligo manager John Coleman is implementing big changes and Greene becomes the fourth senior player to leave the Showgrounds this week.

"Aaron has been a good servant to the club. Over two spells he has made a good contribution here. He goes with our blessing and we wish him well," says Coleman.

Ex-Sligo man Lynch is also on the move. He only signed for the Saints at the start of this season and was in the starting XI for the first two league games but lost his place. Pats have agreed to let the former West Brom trainee leave Richmond Park and last night Limerick boss Martin Russell was trying to complete a deal to bring in Lynch, following the earlier capture of Joseph Ndo and Kieran Djilali.

While Greene was able to secure that move to Pats, there was no exit from Shamrock Rovers for Zayed. He had been linked with a move to Limerick but that failed to come through before the window closed

Zayed was not in the Hoops squad for last week's league defeat at home to Drogheda United and his future at Rovers looks bleak, though the striker, who has had spells in England, Norway and Iran, could still move abroad in the next month.