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Williams gets Burnley trial

Shaun Williams played a trial game with Burnley reserves yesterday, but it remains to be seen whether the former Sporting Fingal midfielder will be offered a contract by the Clarets, writes Daniel McDonnell.

Celtic had a bid for the 24-year-old Dubliner rejected by Fingal in January before they went bust.

Williams can't be registered for a club in the UK this season as he didn't become a free agent until after the transfer window closed.

However, he can sign a deal now, and then be loaned back to a League of Ireland club until July. Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians would be keen on such an arrangement if Burnley follow up on their interest.

Meanwhile, Drogheda United have announced a raft of new signings after their shock return to the Premier League on foot of Fingal's collapse.

Gareth Whelan, Brian Gannon, Dinny Corcoran, Stephen Quigley, Mark O'Brien and David Freeman have signed on the dotted line for Bobby Browne's charges, with goalkeeper Robert Duggan likely to follow.

Irish Independent