Monday 22 January 2018

Foran back with Pat's after snub from Rovers

Derek Foran (right) with Shamrock Rovers teammate Gary McCabe
Derek Foran (right) with Shamrock Rovers teammate Gary McCabe
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

CHAMPIONS St Patrick's Athletic have completed the signature of their former youth player Derek Foran following his surprise release from Shamrock Rovers.

The 24-year-old defender expected to be kept on in Tallaght after being satisfied with his contribution during 2013, but Trevor Croly decided to let the central defender go.

Foran, who was at the Saints as a youngster before departing for spells at Bray, Sligo Rovers, Dundalk and then the Hoops, turned down a contract offer from Limerick and was also considered by Scottish side Hamilton.

St Pat's manager Liam Buckley was short of experienced centre-half options following the departure of skipper Conor Kenna to Rovers and Aidan Price's switch to Bohemians.

Ken Oman was recruited from the Hoops over the winter to partner Kenny Browne, and the capture of Foran will provide competition for places in that department.

Buckley is also an admirer of teenager Sean Hoare, who is expected to push for more first-team involvement.

Meanwhile, winger Jake Kelly, a peripheral member of the Saints' title success, has left Richmond Park to link up with his former club Bray Wanderers, where Alan Mathews is still in the early stages of assembling his squad.

Derry City boss Roddy Collins has re-signed full-back Dean Jarvis.


THE civil war engulfing schoolboys football has taken another twist ahead of the SFAI meeting on Thursday, when the pairings for the closing stages of the national cup competitions are due to be redrawn.

Having refused to recognise the original draw for their region, the DDSL were allowed to seed a new draw under a peace deal drawn up by the FAI.

The management committee of the Cork Schoolboys League has expressed its "utter dismay" at this "betrayal."

An official statement added: "Accordingly we will not have any connection with any new last-32 draw and will be fully supportive of any club who decides not to participate on a point of principle."

Irish Independent

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