The transfer window in the UK might be closed but it remains open in Ireland. It was another busy week of in-comings for clubs in the SSE Airtricity League. Cork City brought in the trio of Joe Redmond, Reyon Dillon and Henry Ochieng. Redmond who is an Irish under-age international joins on loan from Birmingham City. Dillon joins after a successful trial and had begun his career with Crystal Palace. Ochieng who was recently capped by the Kenyan U-23’s was playing non-league with Wingate & Finchley.
Derry City have brought in two to their ranks. Joining on loan from Hull City is 19-year-old defender Danny Lupano who was a regular with their development squad. He is on a six-month loan deal. Also new to the Brandywell is Moussa Bakayoko. He had been playing in Armenia with FC Shirak. He has previously played in the Ivory Coast and Morocco.
Waterford FC also signed two as they get ready for the new season. Striker Tyreke Wilson was on the books of Scottish Championship side Dundee United and had been on loan with Scottish League Two side Cove Rangers. He played 8 games and scored 2 goals. Matty Smith, who is a left-back, joins from Manchester City. He started his career with Irish football academy side Cherry Orchard and played with City up to reserve level and also with Ireland up to the U-21’s.
It seems that a week can’t go by without an update on the latest developments in Limerick. Limerick United who were looking to long term take the place of Limerick FC have been forced to change their name. They will now be called Treaty United. They said that they had to change their name under threat of legal action from Limerick FC. No decision has been made yet on if Limerick FC will be awarded a licence to compete in the First Division next season. Treaty United will be competing in the national under-age leagues and the national women’s league.
Sligo Rovers have been dealt another blow ahead of the new Premier Division season. Their highly-rated defender John Mahon will be out for a long period after he sustained a broken tibia in their pre-season friendly against Athlone Town. Mahon has been one of the club’s most impressive performers in recent seasons and had attracted interest from the likes of Derby and Wigan. Hopefully, his recovery will go well and it won’t be too long until he is back playing in the Showgrounds.