Wednesday 18 September 2019

Kenny to call up home-based U-21 players

Ireland Under-21 manager Stephen Kenny. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Ireland Under-21 manager Stephen Kenny. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Ireland U-21 manager Stephen Kenny is planning a gathering of home-based players at the beginning of February as he gets stuck into his new job.

The Dubliner is planning to bring the best young talent in the League of Ireland together for a training camp and possibly even a game with a view to assessing his options ahead of the start of European qualifying in March.

It's also understood that Kenny's wish to compete in next summer's Toulon tournament has a strong chance of being granted by the FAI.

The former Dundalk manager is keen to play a number of matches next year as he adjusts to the international scene.

Ireland's next senior boss will start his competitive work with a game against Luxembourg on March 24.

He wants to work with the domestically-based selection to narrow down his local options ahead of picking his first squad.

Kenny name-checked a number of League of Ireland players at his official unveiling last month.

Dundalk are set to formally announce their new management structure over the weekend with Vinny Perth taking over as head coach.

He lacks a Pro Licence so will be joined by John Gill, who returns to the club as first team coach, with the FAI satisfied with that arrangement.

Perth has completed a deal to sign goalkeeper Aaron McCarey as competition for Gary Rogers.

The ex-Wolves and Ross County goalkeeper was a member of the Ireland squad in March under Martin O'Neill but came home to Monaghan in the summer. He has been playing in the Irish League with Warrenpoint ahead of his switch to Dundalk.

"I am delighted to get the deal done," said the 26-year-old. "It has been in the making for a while so it is great to get it over the line. It's an absolute privilege to join the best team in Ireland. It was a no-brainer for me to come here, I have heard nothing but good things about the club from everyone and it is like a family."

Dundalk also believe they have won the race to sign Daniel Kelly from Bohemians ahead of Shamrock Rovers and St Patrick's Athletic who made a late offer.

Bohemians have moved to strengthen in that area by signing Luke Wade-Slater from Stevenage Borough. The 20-year-old came through the ranks with Bohs' partners St Kevin's Boys.

Meanwhile, Cork City are set to sign full-back Gary Boylan from Sligo Rovers. Waterford have added defenders Kevin Lynch and Maxi Kouogun from Bray and UCD respectively.

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