Sunday 18 August 2019

Shamrock Rovers on verge of completing Ronan Finn shock deal

Dundalk's Ronan Finn and Brian Gartland. Photo: Sportsfile
Dundalk's Ronan Finn and Brian Gartland. Photo: Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Shamrock Rovers are on the verge of completing a shock deal to bring Ronan Finn back to the club from Dundalk.

Finn has spent the past two years with the League of Ireland champions but was out of contract at the end of Dundalk's European run and Rovers are understood to have presented the midfielder with an attractive deal to return to Tallaght.

It's believed that Finn - who turns 29 tomorrow - is tempted by a move that also includes the provision of a part time job outside of football that will allow him to plan for the longer term future.

Losing Finn would be a major blow to Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny after the departures of key men Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle to Preston. 

Kenny worked with Finn at Rovers and brought him to Louth at the end of the 2014 season.

He was a big part of Dundalk's success this year and shone in the latter stages of the campaign, including a man of the match performance in the FAI Cup final defeat to Cork.

His capture would represent a serious statement of intent from Rovers boss Stephen Bradley as the Hoops look to challenge at the top end next term.

Finn was a part of the Rovers side that won the league and reached the Europa League group stages in 2011.

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