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O'Donnell: I've point to prove

MIDFIELDER Stephen O'Donnell says he has a point to prove next season as he begins life away from Shamrock Rovers.

Hoops boss Trevor Croly is continuing to build a squad for 2013 with more arrivals expected to join Mark Quigley, James Chambers and Sean O'Connor at the club next season, though there have been two more departures as Scottish defender Craig Sives has left Rovers and is moving to Australia while Killian Brennan has switched to Dublin rivals St Patrick's Athletic.

Gary Twigg and Aaron Greene have also left the club but other members of last season's squad, such as Conor Powell, are still in talks with Croly about a new deal.

O'Donnell's time with the Hoops has come to end after a two-year spell with the Dublin club, the former Arsenal trainee having severed his ties with Rovers before the end of the season. He's now a free agent but is hopeful of getting a contract from another League of Ireland club for 2013, O'Donnell aiming to put an injury-scarred season last term - he made just four league appearances for Rovers - in the past.

"I have a lot of fight left in me and I want to change peoples' minds, I am determined to do well next season once I can get a club," says O'Donnell, who previously had spells with Bohemians, Galway United and Dundalk. "Last season was a bit of a nightmare for me in terms of injuries and everything else. I hardly played all year and I probably disappeared from peoples' minds, but I feel I have a lot more to contribute and I feel I can do well.

"I finished up with Rovers before the season was over, I had injuries and I just went to Brian Laws and he agreed it would make sense for me to leave before the season was over so I could focus on getting ready for next season," added the Galway native.

"I am working on my fitness now. I have been working with a personal trainer and I hope to show next season just what I can do."

BOHEMIANS have given their fans a boost for the 2013 season with news that Ireland underage internationals Luke Byrne and Michael Barker have agreed new deals for next year.

The entire Bohs squad for last season was out of contract and boss Aaron Callaghan had resigned himself to the fact that in-form defenders Kevin Feely and Evan McMillan will move on.

Feely has had trials at Peterborough United and Charlton Athletic but is also being tracked by other League of Ireland teams, while McMillan will also be in demand at home if a proposed move to Britain -- Dundee United are keen -- does not come off.

But Bohs have managed to start re-signing some of last season's squad and so far youngsters Byrne and Barker, as well as Keith Buckley and Dave Scully, have agreed contracts for next term.

NOTTINGHAM Forest manager Sean O'Driscoll has challenged Ireland U21 cap Brendan Moloney to prove that he's worthy of a new contract with the club.

Kerry-born defender Moloney has worked his way into the Forest side in recent weeks and he put in a man of the match display in their win over Sheffield Wednesday last weekend and O'Driscoll says that the 23-year-old could have a big future at Forest.

"He needs to play and he has never played that much. He is out of contract in the summer so he needs to nail down a place here as a regular and then we will see what happens," says O'Driscoll.

"He does not want to be a bit-part player. He trains well, he works hard and I never have any issues about putting him in. He is a great lad, he has been terrific for the club and I have no qualms about playing him. I have never said to myself 'oh no, we have to play Brendan'," said O'Driscoll.


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