Monday 23 April 2018

Byrne 'buzzing' to link up with McEleney at Oldham

8 September 2017; Patrick McEleney of Dundalk during the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup Quarter-Final match between Dundalk and Drogheda United at Oriel Park in Dundalk, Co Louth. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
8 September 2017; Patrick McEleney of Dundalk during the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup Quarter-Final match between Dundalk and Drogheda United at Oriel Park in Dundalk, Co Louth. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Jack Byrne believes there is room for both himself and Patrick McEleney in the same side as the ex-Dundalk man prepares to make his Oldham debut tomorrow.

McEleney signed a two and a half year deal with the League One side after leaving Dundalk at the end of the 2017 season but a thigh injury has prevented him from making an impact.

However, Oldham boss Richie Wellens confirmed yesterday that the Derry lad is now ready to come into his plans and help with their fight against relegation after featuring in a behind closed doors friendly during the week.

He is set for a role in tomorrow's game with Southend although Wellens indicated he would come off the bench rather than play a full part.

Byrne is established at Oldham after making his loan move permanent and he generally features in the number ten berth that is also McEleney's best position. But he is sure that space can be found for both players.

"I'm buzzing for him to get playing for us because he will help us, he's a very good player," says the Dubliner. "It was just a shame that he got injured because he had trained with us a couple of times and looked very sharp.

"He's a top player and I watched him loads of times when Graham Barrett (agent) told me he was going to come here. I look forward to playing with him.

"We could play together. I would probably play a bit more on the right and he would be on the left and it would be a bit more of a box with two defensive midfielders but of course it's up to the manager and it depends what way he wants to go."

Oldham are fourth from bottom - with four sides going down to League Two - with 13 games remaining in the season.

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