The teams are back for pre-season training in the SSE Airtricity League but one player who won’t be back in the league this season is striker Romeo Parkes. Sligo Rovers announced that the player wouldn’t be returning for personal reasons and would instead be signing for a club in America. He had previously played with Pittsburgh Riverhounds.
It is a huge blow for Rovers as Parkes made an immediate impact in his first season. He was the club’s top scorer with 11 goals and his all-action style made him a firm fan favourite. Parkes himself has expressed disappointment that he won’t be coming to Sligo but said that family matters mean that he has to remain in America. Rovers do have an option on the Jamaican international for the 2021 season, and hopefully he will be back in Ireland then.
Another striker on the lookout for a new club is Mikey Drennan. The former Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers player had his contract with St. Patrick’s Athletic cancelled by mutual consent during the week. He has been linked with Derry City who are on the lookout for another forward as Conor Davis left them during the week to sign for Cork City.
Cork were busy during the week. They also signed winger Dylan McGlade who returns to the league after a brief spell with Blyth Spartans in the National League, where he had also previously played with Bray Wanderers. Also arriving at Turner’s Cross is midfielder Cory Galvin, he signs from Munster rivals Waterford FC.
The men from the South East have started their rebuilding process after a number of departures: goalkeeper Tadhg Ryan has joined from the now-defunct Limerick FC, midfielder Scott Allardice has joined after a season with Bohemian FC, and they have also brought in former Cory City and Shamrock Rovers striker Graham Cummins.
Shamrock Rovers have added to their squad as they have brought in Rhys Marshall from NIFL Premier League side Glenavon FC. It has been crossway traffic between Glenavon and the SSE Airtricity League as they have signed the experienced Conan Byrne who was last with Shelbourne.
Shelbourne on their part have added some vital experience to their side as they look to ensure they stay in the top flight on their return. They announced the signing of Gary Deegan who has spent the last two and a half years with Cambridge United. He played in the league before winning the double with Bohemian FC and also had spells with Coventry City and Hibernian FC.