Monday 19 November 2018

McCarey primed for Dundalk after Sava exit

'McCarey has played for Ireland through the age group levels and Martin O'Neill brought him to Turkey last March.' Photo: Ben Hoskins/Getty Images
'McCarey has played for Ireland through the age group levels and Martin O'Neill brought him to Turkey last March.' Photo: Ben Hoskins/Getty Images
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Dundalk are set to sign ex-Wolves goalkeeper Aaron McCarey as competition for Gary Rogers after the departure of long-serving number two Gabriel Sava was confirmed.

Sava announced that he was leaving Dundalk after a trophy-laden five years where he was primarily the back-up 'keeper although he did get a run in the side in 2016 during a rough patch for Rogers and played in a Europa League tie with Zenit St Petersburg.

Stephen Kenny has identified Monaghan man McCarey as the right fit for his squad. He is currently playing in the Irish League with Warrenpoint Town after his summer release from Scottish side Ross County following their relegation from the SPL.

But that is only a short-term arrangement and Warrenpoint are resigned to losing McCarey in January. Dundalk is the 26-year-old's intended destination.

McCarey has played for Ireland through the age group levels and Martin O'Neill brought him to Turkey last March.

Elsewhere, former Dundalk goalkeeper Peter Cherrie has emerged as a target for Sligo Rovers. Cherrie spent last year as number two at Cork City but is set to move on.

New Bit O'Red boss Liam Buckley is also confident of holding onto star assets Rhys McCabe and Mikey Drennan.

St Patrick's Athletic have confirmed the signing of Gary Shaw from Shamrock Rovers and are also keen on Barry McNamee who will not be staying on at Cork.

The Leesiders are central to all transfer activity and they are amongst the posse of top-flight clubs looking to relegated Limerick for options.

Midfielder Cian Coleman is on John Caulfield's radar, while both Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers are keen on winger Will Fitzgerald.

Former Cork City player Steven Beattie has confirmed that his new American employer will be the newly-established Tennessee-based club called Chattanooga Red Wolves, who are a founding member of USL League One, the third tier that will be introduced from next year.

He will link up with well-travelled ex-League of Ireland striker Eamon Zayed.

Irish Independent

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