Saturday 17 November 2018

'The MLS is really appealing' - Dundalk star Patrick McEleney hints at move to America

Patrick McEleney
Patrick McEleney

Dundalk sensation Pat McEleney has said he would be open to a move to the States as speculation about his future gathers momentum.

The talented playmaker (25) is out of contract and, as previously reported by Daniel McDonnell, has attracted interest from Blackburn and Oldham as well as the MLS.

Speaking to the Derry Journal, McEleney stated that the MLS appeals to him.

"There are big clubs involved and I've met a few now. The MLS is really appealing but everything has to be right. It's not just about me, it's about everyone," he said.

"It's dragging on a bit now but I expected that anyway. There has been interest from here and other places like America, England and Scotland.

"But I'm just going to take my time and try and make the right decision. It's a massive decision, not only on the field but I have to think about my family - it comes down to a lot of things really. It's not a decision I can just jump into. It has to be right for everybody."

Stephen Kenny's side did receive a boost yesterday when Robbie Benson agreed a one-year contract extension.

Benson had been considering his options since the end of the season and was wanted by SPL side St Johnstone but manager Tommy Wright said they could not meet the player's wage demands.

The player's agent was unhappy with Wright's comments, but it's understood that Benson was only prepared to leave Ireland if he was made an attractive offer at a good level.

Otherwise, he was prepared to stay with Dundalk who made a concerted effort to keep the player and he has agreed a fresh deal.

Meanwhile, striker Dave McMillan is still mulling over a move to St Johnstone.

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