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Fahey leaves Birmingham as deal ends


Keith Fahey. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Keith Fahey. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Keith Fahey. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

IRELAND international Keith Fahey (below) is on the move after he confirmed his exit from Championship side Birmingham City.

The 30-year-old made 131 league appearances for City since he joined them from St Patrick's Athletic in 2009, winning promotion to the Premier League and earning a place in the Ireland squad.

The 2012/13 season was a disappointment for Fahey, who initially struggled to recover from the groin injury which prevented him going to the Euro 2012 finals and then the midfielder took a break for family reasons.

He returned to St Andrew's after a four-month absence and made two appearances in March, but he's out of contract and has stated his desire to leave.

Birmingham have also confirmed Dubliner Adam Rooney will join Swindon Town on a permanent basis – Rooney had spent this season on loan to the League One side.

But there is good news for Cork-born keeper Colin Doyle as Birmingham have offered him a new two-year deal.

Kevin on up

YEOVIL TOWN are on their way to Wembley thanks to former Shelbourne man Kevin Dawson.

Yeovil had suffered a blow in their bid to win promotion to the Championship as they lost 1-0 to Sheffield United in the first leg of their play-off semi-final on Friday. But Town came up with a 2-0 win in the home leg yesterday, their first goal scored by Dawson.

The Dubliner arrived at Huish Park on a free transfer in January and went straight into the side, making 23 successive appearances and scoring three goals.

It was a weekend of celebrations for the Dawson family as Kevin's older brother, Stephen, returned from a three-match ban to help Barnsley get a last-day win over Huddersfield Town which keeps them in the Championship.

Martin let go

FORMER Ireland international Martin Rowlands is looking for a new club following his release by Leyton Orient.

Rowlands (34) played 40 times for Orient last season, but the club have released seven players, including Rowlands and former Cork City man Leon McSweeney. Dubliner Robbie Gibbons has been released by Scunthorpe United.

Limerick native John McGrath has been released by League Two side Burton Albion after six seasons.