LONGFORD TOWN have made a statement of intent for the 2014 season with the signing of veteran midfielder Stephen Rice from Shamrock Rovers.
Rice has starred for the Hoops since his move there from Bohemians in 2007 and he won back to back league titles, but he was surplus to requirements at the end of last season and manager Trevor Croly told Rice he could leave.
A number of Premier Division clubs were linked with the former Coventry City trainee but Longford boss Tony Cousins managed to persuade Rice, 29, to move to the midlands club.
Longford also signed up Kevin O'Connor from Bray Wanderers, following the earlier arrival of Don Cowan.
Longford went close to winning promotion last season, only to lose out to Bray Wanderers in a play-off.
HUGHES RUES PENALTY MISS
John Hughes was left to rue a second half penalty miss from Nick Ross as Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Dundee United shared the points in a 1-1 draw.
Billy McKay's fifth minute opener looked to have put Hughes on his way to a first home win since taking charge at Inverness last month but Keith Watson restored parity just four minutes later.
Hughes accepted that in the context of the game, a draw may have been fair, but knew his side had passed up a glorious chance to take all three points.
He said "I thought it was a good football match. It was two good, footballing teams.
"We missed the best chance of the game in the penalty, which could have won it for us."