St Patrick's Athletic manager Liam Buckley insisted the club couldn't stand in the way of progress after goalkeeper Conor O'Malley signed a deal with English League One side Peterborough United.
The 23-year-old Westport native became the Saints' number one stopper this season after the departure late last year of Brendan Clarke.
And his performances for the Inchicore side brought him to the attention of a number of English clubs including Championship side Leeds United and League One outfit Wigan.
However, Peterborough, who also count another former Saint, Chris Forrester, among their ranks won the race for the highly-rated keeper.
"Conor has been a great professional with us since he joined us in 2015. His form in the last few weeks and months has been fantastic and has recently seen him earn a nomination for Player of the Month," said Buckley.
"This opportunity presented itself to join Peterborough and while we would love to have retained Conor, we could not step in his way to halt a move which could see him further his career."
St Pat's acted quickly to fill the void left by O'Malley as they announced the signing of 26-year-old Polish goalkeeper Lukasz Skowron from Portuguese side Olhanense.
Commenting on the signing of Skowron, Liam Buckley expressed his delight to add the Polish goalkeeper to his ranks.
"We're really pleased to add Lukasz to our group. We are looking forward to him competing with Barry Murphy for the number one jersey."