Thursday 13 December 2018

Fresh start for Madden

Simon Madden yesterday wrapped up a move to St Patrick's Athletic on a free transfer
Simon Madden yesterday wrapped up a move to St Patrick's Athletic on a free transfer

John Fallon

Simon Madden insists there was no row or falling-out with Stephen Bradley despite the Shamrock Rovers manager making the recent controversial decision to release the loyal club servant.

The 29-year-old yesterday wrapped up a move to Dublin rivals St Patrick's Athletic on a free transfer just 12 months after being linked with a move to Cork City and being branded by Bradley as the best League of Ireland right-back.

"There was no sign of a new deal being offered by Rovers as the season ended, so I rang Stephen on my holidays to find out where I stood," explained Madden.

"I had a great four years at Rovers but Stephen wanted to go a different direction. We wished each other well and haven't fallen out."

His exit from Rovers also meant an end to Madden's coaching role with the club's U-14 team but he'll resume that side of his career with the U-19 team at St Pat's.

Meanwhile, David McMillan is expected to complete his move to SPL side St Johnstone in the coming days.

Dundalk's top scorer from last season is currently out of contract and the Perth club are understood to have agreed terms with the Dubliner on a two-year contract.

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