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Sheppard's focus on Tribes

FORMER Everton man Karl Sheppard says he's put aside all thoughts about his own future to concentrate on Galway United.

Dubliner Sheppard is Galway's leading scorer this season with five goals and his form -- especially a two-goal blast in a 3-2 win at champions Bohemians -- saw Sheppard named as April's player of the month by the Airtricity Soccer Writers Association of Ireland.

The 19-year-old joined Galway after an unhappy two-year spell with Everton but his goals for Galway have sparked cross-channel interest.

And while he says he's eager to try his luck in England again, for now his mind is on Galway alone.

"I've had a few clubs looking at me but until any offers come in, I'm just thinking about doing well for Galway," Sheppard said as he prepared for tonight's trip to joint-league leaders Dundalk.

"There were two Championship clubs and one in the SPL looking at me but at the moment I'm just trying to concentrate on my football. I'll think about it if it comes in.

"I am delighted with the player of the month award but it is more important that the team is playing well, everyone seems to be doing well."

Dundalk boss Ian Foster faces his former club hopeful that his side can lift themselves after last Friday's loss at Pats.

"Confidence has never been low in the camp so I don't envisage the defeat at St Pat's to be a hindrance to us," Foster said.

"The lads have been great in training all week and we're looking forward to the game against Galway.

"We're expecting a difficult test. It was very tough when we played over there, although I thought we played very well on the night."