Amazing to think that Dubliner AARON GREENE came to Galway United out of the blue and only made his first-team debut in August but in his 14 appearances for United he made a big impression, scoring five goals. SPL side Dundee United were very keen to sign Greene, though that deal may be on hold due to the departure of manager Craig Levein to the Scotland job.
The longest-serving player at Bohemians (he made his debut back in April 2006), CONOR POWELL really shone for Bohs in the 2009 season, forcing his way into the team in the ninth game of the season and staying there at left back for the rest of the campaign. Wolves and Sunderland have already taken a look at Powell, but it's likely that by this time next year he will be playing abroad.
After flogging off so much of the family silver (Cork have sold an astonishing 14 players to English clubs in the last four years), it's hard to imagine there's anything left, but Ireland international JOE GAMBLE will be the next to leave Turner's Cross. Blackpool and Yeovil were interested but he's most likely to sign for League One side Hartlepool United this week.
The players of Derry City have been left in a very cruel kind of limbo, but BARRY MOLLOY has attracted interest from League Two side Burton Albion, SPL side Hamilton could swoop for Ireland U21 cap KEVIN DEERY, but RUAIDHRI HIGGINS is likely to stay in Ireland -- possibly going to Bohemians or St Pats -- after a move to Aberdeen failed to materialise.
Almost 23 years after they sold a locally born, teenage left back called Stephen Staunton to Liverpool, Dundalk look like they have come up with another gem in 2009 as NATHAN MURPHY could be already on his way to England. He came into the first team at Oriel Park last season despite his tender age, 16, and made eight appearances, doing enough to warrant a long trial at Blackburn Rovers, and now Dundalk are waiting to see what offers, if any, are on the table for the defender.
Waterford United man GRAHAM CUMMINS was the Blues' top scorer (17 league goals, 22 overall) and that has attracted cross-channel interest. Cummins was already on trial at Sunderland under Roy Keane, but more recently St Johnstone were keen for a look at Cummins and his Waterford team-mate KENNY BROWNE.