Wednesday 19 September 2018

Jack Byrne set for move to Scotland as Oldham boss delivers scathing verdict on Irishman

Jack Byrne of Oldham Athletic celebrates
Jack Byrne of Oldham Athletic celebrates
Patrick McEleney. Photo: Sportsfile

John Fallon

Patrick McEleney may not make his Oldham Athletic debut until next Saturday but Jack Byrne could play his final game for the League One outfit today.

Richie Wellens finally wrapped up a two-and-a-half year deal for McEleney who was a free agent following a couple of years with Dundalk. However, Oldham, who are hovering above the drop-zone, require international clearance before their new capture can play.

"I like the way Richie Wellens likes to play, trying to pass the ball and make things happen," the 25-year-old Derry native said after mulling over offers from at least three English clubs.

Midfielder Byrne, meanwhile, is a target for Hearts as his loan from Wigan Athletic to Oldham expires after today's meeting with Bristol Rovers.

"I've given Jack Byrne a free role for a number of games but I've been disappointed with Jack," said Wellens.

"He looks good on the ball but his end product is no assists. He got two goals against Northampton and a goal at Crewe, but that's a long time since he's scored a goal.

"For the position and the amount of freedom I give him in a game, I would expect more. That deal is down to whether we want to do it or not, so we'll make a decision. Jack is speaking to a couple of other clubs anyway, which is his right to do."

One player who could be leaving the SPL is Graham Cummins.

Cork City boss John Caulfield is eager to recapture the striker they sold to Preston North End in 2012 and he could be allowed depart St Johnstone for a homecoming to spearhead City's title defence.

Irish Independent

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