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Goals are Stewart's objective

DERRY CITY hope that Scottish import Mark Stewart can bring goals to the Brandywell next season after the forward completed his move from Kilmarnock.

The 27-year-old is vastly experienced from his time in Britain, having played for Falkirk, Bradford City, Dundee, Luton and Kilmarnock. He made five appearances for SPL side Kilmarnock this season before he was released last month.

"If I'm honest, I have never really seen the League of Ireland, but from training with the lads for a week, I'm very impressed with the quality of the entire squad," says Stewart.

"Obviously, as a striker, you are judged on goals and, with Rory Patterson being last season's top goalscorer, the pressure is on me to meet those standards.

"The draw of Europa League football was also a big factor. I missed out playing in the competition a few years ago due to injury and this is the year I get to put that behind me."

Cork City have been boosted by the news that former City hero Liam Kearney has re-signed for the club.

Capped seven times at U21 level, Kearney helped Cork win the league title in 2005 and boss John Caulfield has lured the 30-year-old back to Turner's Cross for another spell.

"I'm delighted to have Liam back. He had some fantastic seasons with us when he was younger. From speaking to him, he has shown a lot of ambition and wants to win trophies," says Caulfield.

Shelbourne have added to their squad ahead of the 2014 season with the signing of Jordan Keegan and Gareth Coughlan as Reds boss John McDonnell is making major changes to the squad at Tolka Park in the aftermath of relegation to the First Division.