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Richie Towell insists he is trying to focus on his goals with Dundalk rather than obsessing over his next career move. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Richie Towell insists he is trying to focus on his goals with Dundalk rather than obsessing over his next career move. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

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Richie Towell insists he is trying to focus on his goals with Dundalk rather than obsessing over his next career move. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Dundalk star Richie Towell is delaying a night on the town until the Louth club achieve their league aim, and is also waiting until the end of the season to decide on his own future.

Towell won his first senior medal in last Saturday's EA Sports Cup final win over Shamrock Rovers and manager Stephen Kenny gave his players permission to enjoy themselves for one last time before regrouping ahead of the final five league matches.

However, his star midfielder declined the opportunity and instead went home to babysit his dog Buster.

"A few of the lads went out but I didn't myself," said Towell, who has turned over a new leaf since coming back home from Scotland.

"We have a busy schedule over the next few weeks, so I'm trying to keep the head down until hopefully we can get the league won. Then I can let my hair down.

"I want to be the best player I can be for the last few games and I think if you're going out drinking it's not going to happen. My girlfriend is away with her family so I'm minding the dog. It's just me and him for the next two weeks."

Towell is trying to focus on meeting his goals with Dundalk rather than obsessing over his next career move.

He signed a one-year deal with the Lilywhites this term although a two-year arrangement was discussed and that means he is free to consider his options in November.

But he has stressed that he values his happiness and, after a tough enough time in his final days at Celtic and Hibs, he won't just jump at the first offer.

"Everyone talks about going to England or going away but I love playing over here," enthuses the 23-year-old, who didn't rule out staying at home for another year.

"It's given me a new lease of life, I think, since I signed for Dundalk and I'm really enjoying my football. I love playing for Dundalk.

"And to sacrifice that and maybe going over there and not playing, it would be frustrating. Playing over here, winning things and enjoying your football... you're with your friends and family... it's a hard one to balance.

"But obviously if the right move comes in you'd be silly not to take it. Everyone wants to play at the highest level."

Towell was speaking at an EA Sports event where it was announced that he would join Shamrock Rovers 'keeper Barry Murphy on the exclusive League of Ireland cover of FIFA '15 after they topped a poll.

Murphy (29) is thinking a little more about the end of the season with his Rovers contract expiring.

"It's a horrible time of year for players, there is a lot of pressure to do well in games and secure contracts," he said. "It would be nice to get the ball rolling and get things sorted."

While he has no idea what the winter holds, Murphy is in the middle of a hectic run that he attributes to inadequate scheduling and a very short season.

After a poor Rovers display in the draw with Bohs on Tuesday, they have to lift it for a showdown with St Patrick's Athletic tomorrow.

"We have done well in cups this year," said Murphy. "But it's been hit and miss. It takes consistency to win a league and we've been nowhere near that.

"Bohs deserved to win on Tuesday. In too many games, we've been off it."

Irish Independent