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McInnes is hopeful over Flood

ABERDEEN boss Derek McInnes believes that an international call-up can still come for star men like Willo Flood, even though the Dubliner has missed the boat this time around.

There was speculation that the uncapped Flood would get into the Ireland squad for next month's friendly against Serbia, as Flood impressed in front of the watching Roy Keane when Aberdeen beat Celtic in the Scottish Cup earlier this month, but Flood didn't make it into the 29-man Ireland panel.

"There can only be so many in any international squad. From our point of view, it's pleasing to even be asked the question about it. Certainly a few players came into consideration," said McInnes.


SLIGO ROVERS have pulled off a coup by securing the services of West Ham United prospect Sean Maguire on loan.

Maguire, 19, cut his teeth in the League of Ireland with Waterford United and his form in Division One for the Blues earned him a cross-channel move at the end of the 2012 season.

He has since been learning his trade in the West Ham U21 side, but has been involved with the first team and was promoted to the bench by Sam Allardyce for the FA Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest last month.

Allardyce is keen for the Kilkenny native to get more first-team experience and has agreed a deal with Sligo, which will see him line out for the Bit O'Red in the 2014 season. He still has a full season left on his West Ham contract at the end of this term.

Sligo boss Ian Baraclough was keen to add another striker to his squad after losing Anthony Elding and David McMillan from last season's squad and he has high hopes for Maguire.