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North seeks lift on home front


SLIGO ROVERS' FAI Cup hero Danny North believes that the arrival of Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane into the Republic of Ireland's senior set up could open up doors for players in the domestic league.

Former Cobh Ramblers player Keane retained a keen interest in the League of Ireland, signing players like Brian Murphy, Colin Healy, Roy O'Donovan and David Meyler and only last month Keane went to Turner's Cross to watch Cork City play St Patrick's Athletic.

And North, who is celebrating on the double this week as he followed up his FAI Cup final heroics with Sligo by winning the November player of the month award from the Airtricity Soccer Writers Association, feels that the appointment is good news for the league.

"It will give everyone a lift if you see the national team manager and his assistant at games," said North.

"I know Trapattoni went to one or two games, but he didn't have a link with the country at all and he still struggled to speak English after about four or five years," said North. "There are players in our league who are better than one or two who have been playing for Ireland. So why not give them a chance?"