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Thornton re-emerges in Wales

FORMER Premier League and Ireland U21 star Sean Thornton is back in football -- with Welsh outfit Aberystwyth Town.

The 28-year-old, who made 11 Premier League appearances for Sunderland in 2002/03, had been without a club for over a year following his exit from Leyton Orient.

He was linked with a move to a Ukrainian club but that never materialised and now Aberystwyt

h have moved to bring in the Drogheda native, who was capped 12 times at U21 level. Meanwhile, Torquay United's highly-rated midfielder Eunan O'Kane has explained his decision to switch allegiance from Northern Ireland to the Republic.

"Religion has nothing to do with it," says the Derry-born player who follows the example of Northern-born players like Marc Wilson, Darron Gibson, Shane Duffy and Daniel Kearns in declaring for the Republic.

"I just felt my opportunity wasn't going to come playing for Northern Ireland and the Republic have come and asked me to come and join them, so it's kind of a no-brainer to take the decision to the country that want you.

"I just want to play football and if the Republic are going to give me that chance then I'm prepared to take it."

Elsewhere,Pat Scully has signed a new two-year contract with Limerick FC.

"It is very pleasing that the club has shown great faith in the job I have done to date and my ability to bring the club to the next level," said Scully.