Aside from the distraction of the FAI’s finances, it was a busy week on the transfer front in the SSE Airtricity League. Cork City made news on the front and back pages in terms of adding to their squad as they brought in two new defenders. Rob Slevin has joined from Waterford FC and Charlie Fleming from neighbours Cobh Ramblers.
The club’s finances had been the topic of much discussion as well, with their debts rumoured down to be in the region of €400,000. They issued a statement during the week to say that they had a settlement with the Revenue Commissioners for €88,817.02. This related to VAT returns from the period of 1st January 2016 to 31st August 2017.
Young striker Glen McAuley has opted to move from Inchicore to Phibsborough as he moves from St. Patrick’s Athletic to Bohemian FC. Interesting move for McAuley who played his underage football with Liverpool. After it was announced that he had left Dundalk last week, Dean Jarvis has signed for NIFL Premier League side Larne FC.
Another player who will be staying up North is Conor McDermott. It was announced that his loan move to Cliftonville from Derry City has been made permanent. He joined Cliftonville in June and has since made over 25 appearances. His move will be completed on January 1st.
Finn Harps announced during the week that their talismanic manager Ollie Horgan had signed a new two year deal with an option of a third. Horgan will now look to begin building his side for next season. He will have to plan without the services of striker Mikey Place, who has dropped down to the First Division to sign for Galway United.
Cabinteely continue to lose players with their winger Yuta Sasaki leaving to return to Japan as he signed for J-League side Iwate Grulla Morioka. He was the first player from Japan to play in the League and now joins Jack Tuite, Rob Manley, and Stephen McGuinness who have all left the Stradbrook-based side.
And these are the main highlights of the week. I am not going to get into the John Delaney affair because as someone who has both volunteered and worked full-time in football in Ireland, it is incredibly disheartening. I do need to get up to over 400 words, so will instead plug Sligo Rovers’ new fundraiser – ‘The Bit O’ Red Wall’. For €100 you can get a personalised tile in the Showgrounds which can have three lines and up to 16 characters. Further details can be found here.