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Leahy 'to make impact' at Limerick

FORMER UCD man Mick Leahy hopes his career can progress following his move to Limerick FC.

The Blues have unveiled defender Leahy as their second major signing for the 2014 season, following the earlier capture of Shane Duggan from Cork City, and the former UCD man is relishing the move.

"I'm not a kid any more. I'm 24 and it is probably time over the next couple of years to push on and make a real big impact in the league. That's why I chose Limerick and hopefully they'll help me do that. It's obviously up to myself as well. I think this is the right place for me," said Leahy.

"UCD has become my home. I had been there for five years, so it's tough leaving somewhere you've got used to and you have a lot of friends and there are a lot of good people you've met, but I think I just needed a fresh challenge."


LEAGUE ONE side Brentford say they will do their sums before making a formal bid for Derry City's Barry McNamee.

The Ireland U21 has returned home to Donegal after a spell on trial with the Bees but the club will keep an eye on his situation. "Barry did really well and pleased the staff with the way he conducted himself on and off the pitch," the club's sporting director Mark Warburton said. "We have to weigh up the amount of compensation sought by the selling club, but will continue to keep tabs on him."

Meanwhile, Derry boss Roddy Collins has lost striker Michael Rafter to Cork City after the Tipperary native finished last season as Derry's second-top scorer with 12 goals.

FORMER Ireland U21 cap Enda Stevens has left Aston Villa for a second loan spell after he agreed a move to Doncaster Rovers.

Stevens, 23, has not played for Villa since January and earlier this season had a spell on loan to League One side Notts County.

Also on the move is Ireland U21 keeper Aaron McCarey, who is joining York City from Wolves for a month's loan.