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Scully: I hope lads find clubs

PAT SCULLY says he can't believe that his talented young squad of out-of-contract players have been unable to secure contracts.

Scully last night returned home from a four-team tournament in Norway, Ireland winning a third-place play-off by beating Finland 2-0.

A scout from a Finnish club has already earmarked midfielders Stephen Maher and Craig Walsh as potential signings, with an offer on the table for former Dundalk man Maher, who is weighing up his options after a trial in England with Crawley Town last week and also has an offer to trial at Aldershot.

But Scully feels that his 17-strong squad all have a future in football.

"Hopefully these lads can all get clubs and get their careers going again," says Scully. "It was never about winning the tournament for us, it was about the players expressing themselves and performing, and they have done that.

"I am surprised they are out of contract, it's amazing no one has signed a player like Tadgh Purcell, and Mark Leech was great in the games for us as well.

"All those players have real quality about them and I'd love to see them getting deals," said the former Limerick boss.

"It was a very positive experience, we were disappointed to lose the first game to Norway on penalties but we were very good overall.

"Players like Liam Burns looked outstanding and you see that players like him have a future in the game."