SHAMROCK Rovers hope to complete the signing of Cork City defender Dan Murray in time for tonight's pre-season friendly against Dublin rivals Shelbourne.
Murray's time at Cork appears to be over as the City skipper was one of six players suspended and fined by the club for criticising owner Tom Coughlan, and Rovers were this morning close to a deal.
"We've strengthened the squad and everyone's eager to get going," says Rovers boss Michael O'Neill ahead of their home friendly with Shels.
"It's a very exciting time for the club and its supporters and we can't wait for the start of the season."
Greene likely Bohs target
BOHEMIANS could swoop for highly rated striker Aaron Greene after his move from Galway United to Peterborough United fell through.
Dubliner Greene scored five goals in 14 games for Galway last season and that form attracted interest, with Peterborough keen.
But that deal did not go through and the teenager is now training with Bohs, as he made his debut in a 1-0 win at home to Athlone Town in a friendly last night, Paddy Madden on target for Bohs who handed debuts to Mark Quigley, Gareth McGlynn and Stephen Gray.
-- AIDAN FITZMAURICE