Tuesday 24 April 2018

Buckley looks to Garvan to improve Saints

New St Patrick’s Athletic signing Owen Garvan. Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images
New St Patrick’s Athletic signing Owen Garvan. Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Manager Liam Buckley believes new St Patrick's Athletic signing Owen Garvan is a natural fit for his side's style of play.

Garvan has put pen to paper with the Saints after coming home from England, where he was unable to build on an extremely promising start to his career with Ipswich Town.

The 29-year-old will play in Wednesday's friendly match against Hearts after training with his new team-mates over the past fortnight.

"We'll see how Wednesday goes with a view to the following weekend (against Cork)," said Buckley.

"Owen is a top footballer. He'll get in the middle of the park and get on the ball.

"He's a footballer in the true sense of the word. And the way we play, he will fit in quite well, I think."

The Saints need an injection of quality after a desperately disappointing display in Friday's 1-1 draw with bottom side Galway.

"If we play like that for the rest of the season, we'll be in serious s***," suggested Buckley.

He met owner Garrett Kelleher after the game and discussed the budget to bring in new signings in their bid to avoid relegation. A move to get ex-Saint Killian Brennan back to the club after he left Drogheda was completed over the weekend.

"Killian understands the way we want to play," said Buckley. "He's one of the best midfielders in the country."

Dutch defender Jordi Balk was due to come in as well, but the sudden availability of Bray's Conor Kenna has left things up in the air.

Bray's financial problems will trigger a wave of transfer window moves. Cork, Sligo Rovers and Galway are keen on Aaron Greene, with Sligo also looking at Gary McCabe.

Keith Buckley and Hugh Douglas are options for Bohemians who are also looking at a move for Paul Keegan, as he is set to depart Doncaster Rovers.

Irish Independent

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