Wednesday 13 December 2017

Former Celtic star Paddy McCourt could be on his way to Dundalk

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny (pictured) will monitor Paddy McCourt's well-being to help decide if he wants to offer him a contract. Photo: Sportsfile
Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny (pictured) will monitor Paddy McCourt's well-being to help decide if he wants to offer him a contract. Photo: Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Paddy McCourt is training with League of Ireland champions Dundalk and could pen a deal if he impresses.

The Northern Ireland international will spend the next couple of weeks taking part in their pre-season so his old boss at Derry, Stephen Kenny, can monitor his well-being and decide if he wants to offer him a contract.

McCourt has endured a difficult year. He came home from Luton last May when his wife Laura was diagnosed with a brain tumour - she subsequently underwent a successful operation.

He then signed a one-year contract with Northern Irish side Glenavon but it was terminated by mutual consent before Christmas with the 33-year-old struggling to adapt to part-time football.

Dundalk have problems in the wide department after the winter departures of Daryl Horgan and Darren Meenan.

They are expected to tie up a deal for Everton winger Steven Kinsella while a move for Celtic's Michael Duffy remains a possibility, although it is by no means a done deal.

McCourt would be an intriguing addition to the panel. He shone with Derry - his home-town club - under Kenny and that earned the former Rochdale trainee a second crack across the water with Celtic in 2008.

He was a fan favourite there without ever being a first team regular over the course of five seasons. The skilful playmaker, a scorer of great goals, then had stints with Barnsley, Brighton and Notts County before pitching up at Luton.

Dundalk are keen to assess his fitness levels, and McCourt has made a good impression in training so far.

Meanwhile, Derry have completed a deal to keep Austrian Lukas Schubert at the club for another year. And Waterford FC have fended off competition from Galway to sign ex-Spurs starlet Kenny McEvoy.

Irish Independent

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