Tuesday 28 January 2020

Dundalk announce two new signings as they bolster squad for title defence and Europa League

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny
Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny
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Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny has increased the number of players at his disposal with the signings of former Sligo Rovers defender Alan Keane and Northern Ireland international Dean Shiels on free transfers.

The Lilywhites currently top the Airtricity League Premier Division standings and are anxiously awaiting tomorrow's Europa League group stage draw to discover who their opposition will be in Europe.

Keane (31) won every domestic honour with Sligo between 2009-15 before retiring at the end of last season but has been persuaded to return to football.

Alan Keane celebrates scoring Sligo’s second goal against Dundalk

“I am very happy to have signed for the club. It’s a great place to be around at the moment. You could see with the publicity that they got in Ireland that they are a club going places so I was pleased to get the call," he told the club website.

“Stephen Kenny can be a very persuasive man! But it was only a club like Dundalk that could have got me out of retirement. A club at the top with trying to win the league again and possibly the Cup with the European games to come it’s great.

“It’s going to be exciting and hectic but looking forward to the challenge. It’s a good place to be and to have the chance to win the league again for me is great. We need to win the league again to progress and have nights like this week.

“That’s the target and hopefully we can end up with trophies and a good European campaign at of the season. We have to focus on Wexford Youths now and get back to the bread and butter.”

Shiels, who has spent the past four seasons at Glasgow Rangers and who played under Kenny at Kilmarnock, is also excited about his move.

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Rangers' Dean Shiels in action against Dumbarton's Gregor Buchananan. Photo: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

“Delighted to have signed for the club. It’s a good club here and you can see with the way they have done in Europe they are progressing nicely.

“I want to win things. I have won trophies in Scotland and Dundalk have won trophies over the last couple of years so that’s what I have come here for. I want to win as many things as possible and the lure of European football helped too.

“I used to live with Stephen O’Donnell at Arsenal for a few years so I know him quite well and that helps but I am looking forward to it. I have heard nothing about good things about the club and the league so I can’t wait to get started.”

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