Having signed Robbie Benson last week, St. Patrick’s Athletic continue to add their squad. They have signed Rory Feely from Waterford FC. He has previously played with St. Pat’s before and was voted Waterford’s player of the year last season. Continuing with the trend of exodus of players from the South West.
Striker Walter Figueira has signed for Derry City. He was well known to Derry supporters as he had scored twice against them in the EA Sports Cup semi-final. For Derry, it is a much-needed addition to their front line. David Parkhouse has gone back to Sheffield United after his loan spell ended and top scorer Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe has returned to his parent club Colchester United.
Midfielder Georgie Poynton has also left Waterford. He signed for newly promoted Shelbourne FC. For Waterford supporters, it is a concerning time with their side seeming breaking up and no word of any new signings. That’s Feely, Figueira and Poynton gone from the club. Previously midfielder Shane Duggan had signed with First Division side Galway United. Their owner Lee Power has confirmed that he will be staying on with the club as there had been rumours he was considering pulling out of the club. However, there has been no guarantee that their manager Alan Reynolds will be in charge next season.
Champions Dundalk have added to their already strong midfield by bringing in former England underage international Will Patching. A product of the youth ranks at Manchester City, he spent 14 years with them before signing with Notts County. He made ten appearances last season and will be looking to get his career back on track.
There are a couple of players leaving the league. Having won the Extra.ie FAI Cup with Shamrock Rovers. Ethan Boyle has signed a pre-contract deal with NIFL side Linfield and will complete his move on the 1st January. Kevin Toner who was St. Pat’s last season and Aston Villa before that has signed with junior side Kilmore Celtic. This is somewhat surprising as there was a feeling that he would have been snapped up fast by another senior league side.
Bray Wanderers have started to put their squad together for next year. After being relegated in 2018 they didn’t feature in the race for promotion last season. They are looking to put that right and have made two good additions in Gary Shaw and Aaron Barry. Shaw joins from St. Patrick’s Athletic and Barry joins from Cork City. He had been on loan with Bohemian FC last season.