Saturday 17 February 2018

Rovers new boy Carr aims to drive career forward in Ireland

Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley
Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Shamrock Rovers have added English striker Daniel Carr to their squad ahead of Friday's Dublin derby with Bohemians.

The Londoner has been on trial with the Hoops in pre-season and has now penned a permanent deal in time to come into contention for the start of the new campaign.

Carr is just 24 but he has already racked up a number of clubs. He was released by Reading as a teenager and went down to English non-league level where his goalscoring convinced Huddersfield to sign him.

After a variety of loan spells, he wound up at Cambridge and then at non-league level again where positive performances earned him a move to Sweden last year, but he became a free agent this winter and came on the Hoops' radar.

"He's had a few clubs," said Rovers boss Stephen Bradley.

"He went through a spell where he was really good and had a lot of interest from big clubs.

"Things didn't happen and he lost his way a bit but that happens with most footballers. We've spoken to enough people and got to know him enough to feel that he's a good character and here to do things the right way.

"When you talk to him you get from him that he knows where he let himself down before. It feels like he has a point to prove, he's really ambitious to show people how good he is."

Lively

Carr says a friend recommended trying Ireland to him and he's aware that a lively opening match lies in store.

"I've heard about the rivalry and it's going to be fun to play in it," he said. "There's some very hard-working talented guys here. I'm very impressed."

The striking department is an area that Bradley has looked to strengthen in the off-season and Dubliner Eoghan Stokes played as a trialist in a game with Brentford 'B' on Saturday following his release from Leeds.

Dundalk are also looking to add bodies in that department, with Sam Byrne set to arrive on loan from Everton, although he is some way off match fitness.

Meanwhile, Bray Wanderers have welcomed the end of an inquiry into a friendly with Waterford last year.

The FAI and gardaí had launched an investigation into allegations of match fixing but League of Ireland chief Fran Gavin confirmed it was dropped due to insufficient evidence.

"It's a relief to everyone in the club and to the fans," read a statement from the Seagulls.

"The club, the players and staff have had a stressful and difficult five months since these allegations broke.

"We wish to thank the many people who passed on messages of support.

Irish Independent

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