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Galway boss Connor tells star striker Flood he can leave club

GALWAY United boss Sean Connor has told in-form striker Anto Flood that he can leave the cash-strapped club.

Former St Pats man Flood has been in superb form for Galway since joining from Shelbourne at the start of the season but with money tight at Terryland Park, Galway have agreed to release him from his contract so he can explore contract offers in Sweden and Cyprus.

"It would be unfair to block him from looking at the opportunity and it helps our own financial situation," said Connor.

Meanwhile, Carlisle United have taken Irish midfielders Craig Walsh and Patrick Cregg on trial. Walsh has spent the last few months with Shamrock Rovers, having achieved fame on the TV show Football's Next Star, while Cregg spent last season with Hibs but is now a free agent.

ST PATRICK'S Athletic have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Chris Bennion from Athlone Town, and the Scot is relishing the chance to prove himself in the Premier Division once again.

"I enjoyed my time at Athlone," said Bennion. "They're a good club building a good base but I had said to the manager that if there was interest shown by a Premier Division club then I would want to move back to the top division.

"I know Gary Rogers well as we were both young keepers at Shelbourne together, he's a very good keeper and he's having a great season so it will be hard to break into the team.

"Hopefully I will get my chance at some stage and having a bit of competition all over the field keeps everyone on their toes", said the former Athlone net minder.

"It's a tough division and I had managed to keep quite a few clean sheets this season", added Bennion, "there was interest from another Premier club but when I heard Pat's were interested then that was it".

MUCH-TRAVELLED Irish striker Barry Conlon has clocked up another English club - the 14th of his senior career - after agreeing to join Stockport County.

The Monaghan native has toured the UK since he joined QPR as a schoolboy in 1996 and now, after his release from Chesterfield, he has been snapped up by Stockport.

Conlon has played first team football for QPR, Manchester City, Plymouth, Southend, York, Colchester, Darlington, Barnsley, Rotherham, Mansfield, Bradford, Grimsby and Chesterfield.