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Sunday 20 October 2019

Croly puts squad on show in Norway

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

TREVOR CROLY believes that all of the 19-man Irish squad he will take to the tournament for out-of-contract players in Norway this week will eventually get contracts.

The former Shamrock Rovers assistant manager is also expecting to be back in work by the start of next year's Airtricity League campaign, although he won't be drawn on whether he could return to the club he left suddenly midway through last season.

His primary focus over the next few days is bringing the best out of the PFAI members who will fly to Oslo this afternoon and play against players from Sweden, Norway and Finland, in front of managers and scouts on Friday.

And the former St Pat's defender reckons members of his squad are open to the idea of moving to Scandinavia to secure their futures.

"The ultimate goal is for players to get contracts," he said. "Whether that is in Ireland or Sweden or wherever it may be. I think they would consider moving abroad. I think the contracts that players were getting a couple of years ago are very different to what they are now. We all need finances to survive, so I think they would move.

"It would be brilliant if they did, for their own development. We don't get coaches, managers or players to other countries to learn. I think it would be good for the players and football in Ireland."

The squad includes members of the Sligo's FAI Cup winning squad with goalkeeper Brendan Clarke, Conor Powell and John Russell all on the lookout for new clubs.

Despite their success last season, the trio have not reached new deals with the Bit O'Red and Clarke said it has been a frustrating time.

"We played (in the FAI Cup final) on the Sunday, then all of the players are looking for their P45 on the Monday so they can get straight down to the welfare office," he said.

Other notable names in the squad are former Shamrock Rovers midfielder James Chambers and PFAI Player of the Year nominee Daryl Kavanagh who has been on trial with several English clubs.

Meanwhile, Shelbourne have signed former Bohemians midfielder Glenn Cronin. Shels have already resigned a number of their 2011 squad for next season.

PFAI squad -- Goalkeepers: Brendan Clarke, Peter Cherrie. Defenders: Simon Madden, Derek Foran, Conor Kenna, Liam Burns, Conor Powell. Midfielders: Daryl Kavanagh, Darren Meenan, James Chambers, John Russell, Stephen McDonnell, Ryan McEvoy, John Sullivan, Sean O'Connor, Karl Moore. Forwards: Stephen O'Flynn, Conor Murphy, Keith Ward.

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