Croly hopeful over McPhail deal despite Corry setback
Shamrock Rovers have failed in an attempt to sign Sheffield Wednesday's Paul Corry on loan but they haven't given up hope of attracting his team-mate Stephen McPhail back to Ireland on a permanent basis.
Hoops boss Trevor Croly is understood to have approached ex-UCD midfielder Corry to ascertain his interest in coming home. However, the player's prospects at Wednesday have improved since the departure of Dave Jones -- caretaker boss Stuart Gray has included him on the bench in recent weeks -- and he is keen to stay in England.
McPhail's contract expires this month and although Wednesday have held discussions about extending his deal, the 34-year-old is believed to be keen to move home to Ireland as his family are still based in Skerries.
Croly is close to appointing the experienced John Gill as his No 2. Colin Hawkins, who held the post last term, will take charge of Rovers' First Division side this year.
Meanwhile, Bohemians are on the verge of announcing a sponsorship deal that will involve all of their players wearing green boots and the team lining out in an all-green kit when on their travels.
The Gypsies have held advanced talks with Mr Green, a betting company that is looking to expand into the Irish market.
Bohs manager Owen Heary confirmed last night that he was aware of ongoing discussions and welcomed a fresh commercial arrangement that could generate funds for the Dalymount Park club, who have gone through difficult times in recent years.
If the deal goes through, Jason Byrne, who has rejoined Bohs, will have a new boot colour as he goes in search of Brendan Bradley's record of 235 goals. The veteran striker, who turns 36 next month, currently has 205 goals to his credit.