LIAM BUCKLEY says he's still on the hunt for a striker to replace Anto Flood, key striker at St Patrick's Athletic in their title-winning season.
Flood had the best season of his career as he struck 10 league goals to play a major role in the Saints' first title success in 14 seasons.
But the much-travelled striker has stated his desire to leave the club and go off travelling to Australia. Buckley is keeping in touch with Flood and he hopes that the striker could even be back in a Pats jersey early next season, but for now the Saints boss has to plan for life without his lead striker.
"Anto was great for us last year, he scored a lot of goals but contributed a huge amount outside of that so he will be missed," says Buckley.
"I will keep in contact with Anto, I know he wants to travel but he has said that he could be back in Dublin by March, depending on how things go for him, so it would be good to have him back at Richmond Park.
"But I need to plan ahead as we will be back in pre-season early in the new year so I am looking around for a striker. They are not easy to find, every club in the league wants to find a striker who can score goals so I will look across the market and see what is out there."
So far, Ken Oman and Conor McCormack have arrived from Shamrock Rovers and Lee Lynch has signed from Sligo Rovers, but from the league-winning squad, Conor Kenna (Shamrock Rovers), Sean Gannon (Dundalk) and Aidan Price (Bohemians) are already on the books with new clubs, while midfielder Shane McFaul is also leaving the club.
Buckley says they club are awaiting news on a possible offer for midfielder Christopher Forrester, who had a two-week trial at League One side Bristol City last week.
U21 cap Forrester made an impression with the Robins and they are reportedly considering a bid, but City are struggling in the relegation zone in League One and all deals are on hold until the Robins move out of the drop zone.