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St Ledger using Ireland glory to kick on at Foxes

SEAN ST LEDGER says that Ireland's Euro 2012 success has spurred him on to make a real impact at club level.

St Ledger was a key player for Giovanni Trapattoni's side in their European Championship campaign, but his club situation at Leicester City has been very difficult this season.

But the 26-year-old was back in the Foxes' defence as they gained a morale-boosting 3-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday under new manager Nigel Pearson.

"I'm full of confidence from what happened over the international break, hopefully this will see me get my chance," said St Ledger.



Leeds: O'Brien finished

LEEDS UNITED have told former Ireland man Andy O'Brien that he is finished at Elland Road.

The defender has had a frustrating time at Leeds this season but now manager Simon Grayson has claimed that O'Brien approached him before Saturday's game with Burnley and refused to line out.

"Andy O'Brien came to me on Friday and said that he no longer wanted to play for this football club," Grayson said. "It came as a shock on Friday but he won't play for this football club again as long as I am here. We will decide internally what happens now and make a statement next week."



McGeady stars in derby

AIDEN McGEADY capped off a good week by helping Spartak Moscow to a derby win in the Russian League.

Having kept up his record last Tuesday of playing in every game in Ireland's Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, McGeady returned to domestic action and started for Spartak at home to Lokomotiv Moscow in a 2-0 win for Spartak, who are now fourth in the Russian league which has split in two.



SPL sides target Peers

SLIGO ROVERS defender Gavin Peers is a target for two Scottish Premier League clubs.

Motherwell had the player over on a two-day trial last week, while Kilmarnock made contact over the weekend -- on the day of Peers' wedding -- to express their interest.

"I trained for a day and played a game for Motherwell and it seemed to go well," said Peers.

"There was also interest from Kilmarnock and I'll look at that this week and see what they have to offer. I'm also waiting to see what Sligo have to say. I am out of contact with Sligo but I have been very happy there and if the option to stay at Sligo is there I will certainly consider it," added Peers.



Lafferty move 'up in air'

DERBY COUNTY's plans to sign Derry City defender Daniel Lafferty are on hold after the full back picked up an injury in a trial game last week.

Derby had agreed a fee with Derry for Lafferty on the condition that the player completed a trial at the Midlands club, but the player suffered a hamstring injury and is now sidelined for a month.

"It's up in the air as to what will happen with Daniel now," said Derry boss Stephen Kenny."



Kavanagh in Lions' eye

MILLWALL are mulling over an offer for St Patrick's Athletic forward Daryl Kavanagh.

The Waterford-born player was one of the success stories of last season at Richmond Park as he scored nine goals for the Saints.

-- BY AIDAN FITZMAURICE


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