Monday 11 December 2017

Meyler return gives O'Neill boost

David Meyler. Photo: Sportsfile
David Meyler. Photo: Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

David Meyler handed Martin O'Neill a fitness boost ahead of next month's World Cup qualifiers when he returned to full training with Hull yesterday after being sidelined for four months.

The Cork native, who damaged a medial knee ligament in April, is hoping to force his way into the reckoning, most likely on the bench, for Hull's Championship opener against Aston Villa on Saturday.

Meanwhile, former Ireland U-21 captain Darragh Lenihan is set to remain with relegated Blackburn Rovers after manager Tony Mowbray branded Sheffield United's second offer for the 23-year old as "embarrassing".

The former Belvedere schoolboy - equally at home in central defence and midfield - has been the subject of two separate bids from the Blades, the latest of which is understood to have been £500,000 (€560,000).

Lenihan joined Blackburn five years ago and is under contract at Ewood Park for another two years, having signed a new deal in February of last year.

"Every footballer has a price - Cristiano Ronaldo's is €200m - but what I do know is that Lenihan's isn't what was offered. It was almost an embarrassing offer," said Mowbray.

"Darragh is fine, getting his head down and getting on with the job."

Elsewhere, Noel Hunt is poised to join Wigan. The 34-year old was released by Portsmouth at the end of last season.

Closer to home, St Pat's have boosted their hopes of survival with the signing of Paul O'Conor, who has been released by Limerick as part of new manager Neil McDonald's clear-out.

Shamrock Rovers have signed defender Dean Clarke and winger Darren Clarke from non-league Collinstown.

Irish Independent

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