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Loan star Kelly insists Saints can challenge the top two


Georgie Kelly. Photo: Sportsfile

Georgie Kelly. Photo: Sportsfile

Georgie Kelly. Photo: Sportsfile

New signing Georgie Kelly is confident that St Patrick's Athletic can challenge the top two when the 2020 season resumes.

While clubs from beyond the Pale such as Derry City, Waterford and Sligo Rovers have been making new signings ahead of the season's restart on Friday, the Dublin teams have been relatively quiet.

Only Shelbourne, with the signing of Irish teenager Brian McManus from Preston, had added fresh talent since the season went into lockdown, though Carlow-born striker Eric Molloy was on trial with the Reds after a successful spell in Poland. But now St Pat's have boosted their options with the capture, on loan from Dundalk, of striker Georgie Kelly.

The Donegal native had made just two sub appearances in the first five games of the season for the Lilywhites and with David McMillan set to return to Oriel Park after a stint in Scotland, Dundalk boss Vinny Perth was happy to allow Kelly to move out on loan.

The former UCD man is keen to use the move, where he will work with former Dundalk team-mate Stephen O'Donnell, to get game-time, but he also has ambitions for his spell in Inchicore.

"I have no doubt that we can do well and push the top two teams, push Rovers and Dundalk all the way, that's the plan," Kelly says.

Kelly (23) played for Derry City and UCD before a 2018 move to Dundalk, but he was unable to dislodge established strikers from the team and had to accept a bit-part role as sub.

"I haven't got as many minutes as I'd have liked over the last 18 months so I am just looking forward to getting minutes, getting games and hopefully chipping in with a few goals.

"The option to come to Pat's happened very quickly over the weekend.

"Dundalk told me that I was free to talk to a couple of clubs and within a couple of days I had made the decision that St Pat's was the right place to be," he added.

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Pat's play Dundalk on Friday but Kelly is ineligible due to the terms of the loan.

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