Friday 20 April 2018

Pat's double joy as Quigley returns and Forrester signs new contract

Mark Quigley
Mark Quigley

Garry Doyle

St Patrick's Athletic have secured the services of two of the League of Ireland's hottest talents when they signed Mark Quigley and Chris Forrester.

Forrester, an Irish U-21 international, had been strongly linked with a move across town to Pat's rivals, Shamrock Rovers, but Saints manager Liam Buckley persuaded him to sign a new one-year contract.

Within hours of making that announcement, Buckley then confirmed that Quigley -- the striker who was released by Rovers on Tuesday -- was rejoining the club he played 154 games for between 2006 and 2009, scoring 52 goals.

Dundalk, Sligo and Derry had also spoken to the former Millwall player but the Inchicore side won the chase.

"It is fantastic news," tweeted Pat's stalwart Ger O'Brien. "We have two superb players and are looking forward to next year."

GRANT

Derry City's Brandywell stadium is set to receive a major facelift after Stormont's Department of Culture, Art and Leisure gave the local council a £5m grant to develop the ground. The money will be used to fund the construction of a new 3,000-seater stand as well as a high-spec 4G playing surface.

Work on the project will commence in August next year -- which will interrupt the final third of Derry's season. However the move will make the Brandywell a 7,000-capacity-stadium.

Candystripes manager Roddy Collins has revealed that his Christmas shopping will be confined to adding players to his panel. Currently in England, scouting for new talent, Collins said: "We conceded far too many goals last season so we need to tighten up at the back. I will be meeting players face-to-face tomorrow and next week.

"If all goes to plan I will also be able to add another midfielder to the list and maybe another striker."

Irish Independent

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