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Murphy follows Murray to Rovers

DANNY MURPHY became the latest departure from crisis club Cork City as he will complete a move to Shamrock Rovers later today.

Murphy joined Cork in 2004 after a long spell with QPR and, apart from a one-year spell in Scotland with Motherwell, he has been at Turner's Cross ever since, winning Premier Division and Setanta Cup honours.

But the 27-year-old is one of six players who was in dispute with the club over criticism of owner Tom Coughlan. He was initially suspended and fined by the club for attending a press conference where the six players called on Coughlan to quit the club but Murphy was later reinstated and he played in a pre-season friendly against Passage West last Sunday under Roddy Collins.

Cork today confirmed that the player is leaving Turner's Cross. "Cork City Football Club wish to confirm that the club and Danny Murphy have agreed the mutual cancellation of Danny's contract," said a club statement.

Murphy has already held talks with Shamrock Rovers and will sign today following a medical in Dublin, where he will join former Cork team-mate Dan Murray next season.

Cork fans are facing a very anxious few days as the FAI's licencing department will announce on Monday which clubs will be allowed compete in the Premier Division next season, and as a planned takeover of the club has still not come through, it's highly unlikely that Cork will be in the top flight in 2010.

ATHLONE Town have signed veteran striker Robbie Farrell, and manager Brendan Place is still in the hunt for new players.

Shelbourne duo Mark O'Brien and Alan Keely have trained with Athlone with a view to a move, while the club have also signed keeper Michael Schlingermann on loan from Sligo Rovers.