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Clifford joins Crawley on month loan

CHELSEA'S Irish midfielder Conor Clifford has joined League One outfit Crawley Town on a month-long loan.

The 21-year-old Dubliner - who is still waiting to make his first-team debut at Stamford Bridge - has experienced loan deals with Plymouth, Notts County, Yeovil and Portsmouth in the past and is seeking valuable first-team football with the third tier high-flyers.

"I'm looking forward to getting started. I couldn't wait to get out on loan, I was stuck at Chelsea for a while," said Clifford.

"I just needed to get out and play some games. It's a great club so I'm relishing the chance to get some time on the pitch."

City boss not timing Fahey

BIRMINGHAM City manager Lee Clark insists he hasn't put a timeframe on Keith Fahey's return to the club.

Ireland international Fahey was allowed to return to Dublin last week on what was described in a club statement as "indefinite compassionate leave", and Clark says the 29-year-old will not be pressurised into a return to the Championship club.

"I am not constantly bombarding him with telephone calls or texts. I am just waiting for the time when Keith is right to come back to the football club."

THE FAI have announced that Airtricity will be the title sponsor of the League of Ireland for another two years.

The association also announced the power supply company as the energy partner to the FAI and the Ireland teams.