Monday 20 January 2020

'Realistic' Croly pours cold water on Fahey rumours

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

SHAMROCK ROVERS manager Trevor Croly says there is no chance that the Hoops will be able to afford a move for Keith Fahey, but is confident the Irish international will join a top club after his release from Birmingham.

Fahey trained with the Hoops in January while he was on compassionate leave from Birmingham due to a family issue and that fuelled speculation he could return home on a permanent basis.

However, Croly insists that it is unrealistic to expect the Irish international to come home in the current climate.

"Keith will sign for a team in the Premier League or the Championship – he's in the international team, so he's above our budget. I'd love to sign him, but let's be realistic.

"He trained with us for a couple of weeks in pre-season to get his fitness up and then went back. Unfortunately, he got injured. I haven't spoken to him in a few weeks, but I'm sure he'll have an abundance of offers.

"He is a fantastic player. You could see him playing Germany or somewhere else in Europe. He's probably more suited to Germany – you get a bit more time on the ball there and his ability would shine through."

Croly was speaking at the press launch for Saturday's Setanta Cup final between the Hoops and Drogheda United at Tallaght Stadium.

Setanta's sponsorship has expired and they will not be renewing it, although they have committed to stay on as a TV partner if the competition finds a new backer.

The broadcaster has pumped €2m into the tournament over eight years, and the €50,000 available to the winners is the same as the prize money for second place in the League of Ireland.

But difficulties with scheduling have led to some teams not taking the competition seriously, particularly those in Northern Ireland, as it comes towards the business end of their season. It is understood that irish League champions Cliftonville were fined for fielding an understrength side in their drubbing at the hands of Cork at the first hurdle this year.

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