PREMIER Division rivals Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers are on a collision course over the signing of Northern Ireland U21 cap Chris Turner.
Shamrock Rovers yesterday announced that they had secured the signature of the former Bohemians player, the Hoops bringing in Turner along with Cherry Orchard product Craig Walsh, who has been on TV screens in recent weeks as part of a Sky One programme to find Football's Next Star.
But at the end of last season Sligo announced that they had agreed to sign Turner from Dundalk, and the matter is now going to the FAI.
Turner was keen to back out of the deal he had agreed with Sligo and now it's the FAI who will decide his fate.
"The FAI today received a request from Shamrock Rovers to register Chris Turner ahead of the 2010 season. However, the player's contractual situation is disputed by a second club and the FAI will not be in a position to register the player until this issue has been resolved.
"The FAI has today written to the clubs involved seeking a speedy resolution of the matter," the FAI said in a statement.
Two more new faces for Derry
STEPHEN KENNY had added two more new faces to his Derry City squad for next season with the signing of Emmet Friars and Stephen Parkhouse.
"Stephen and Emmett will be well known to the squad we have and they are both passionate about playing for Derry," said Kenny. "Stephen has an excellent first touch, he has a good awareness of the players around him and, as a centre-forward, I believe he's one of those players who is very easy to form a partnership with in the front-line."
- AIDAN FITZMAURICE