Tuesday 16 July 2019

Shelbourne begin to splash the cash as they bolster squad for promotion bid

Ciaran Kilduff
Ciaran Kilduff

Aidan Fitzmaurice

Shelbourne have made another statement of their intent to win instant promotion to the Premier Division next season with the signing of experienced striker Ciarán Kilduff.

The 30-year-old has won league titles with Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers and spent the last 18 months in the USA, playing for Jacksonville Armada.

But Kilduff has opted to return to Ireland and Shels, keen to end their stay in Division One, have splashed out on a two-year deal.

“I am really pleased to have added Ciarán Kilduff to our squad. His medals and goals speak for themselves, but Ciarán, like us all, wants to add to that collection,” says new manager Ian Morris.

“He’s a fantastic lad to have in the changing room and I’ll be looking for him to be a leader in this group.”

Shels have spent five seasons in the First Division but the new backers of the club are desperate to get the Reds back into the top flight.

New manager Morris was recruited from northside rivals Bohemians at the end of last season and he brought Gypsies players Oscar Brennan and Dan Byrne with him.

Morris followed that up with deals for experienced St Patrick’s Athletic pair Ryan Brennan and Conan Byrne, as well as the capture of Aidan Friel (Finn Harps) and Seán Quinn (UCD).

Shels have also signed former Liverpool prospect Alex O’Hanlon after a spell with Glentoran.

The Reds begin their pre-season programme of games against UCD later this month, with friendlies also arranged against Beggsboro and Waterford FC.

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