Between the Stripes daily transfer update
Article by Kieran Burke Starting with our very own Longford Town, the Midlands club have this afternoon announced the re-signing of midfielders Dean Zambra and "Super" Peter Hopkins as the later is more affectionately known thanks to his man of the match performance and stunning goal against Sligo Rovers in the FAI cup earlier this year. Former Bray Wanderers man Zambra had appeared on the recent PFAI transfer list alongside last seasons team-mates Paul Skinner, Kealon Dillon, Rhys Gorman and Sam Verdon.
Between the Stripes understand goalkeeper Skinner and Westmeath native Dillon have both been informed they will not have their respective contracts renewed while Rhys Gorman has already announced he is to seek pastures new after four-years at Longford.
Town fans will now be eager to see mid-season signing Verdon put pen to paper on a new deal with the ex-Pats man impressing greatly since his arrival from the "Saints", scoring three goals in the process.
LTFC boss Neale Fenn today added the first new face to his squad for 2018 with Cabinteely shot-stopper Michael Kelly agreeing terms. A former Shamrock Rovers player, Kelly was the Hoops "B" teams first choice in 2015 which earned the then nine-teen-year-old a place on the senior teams bench on three occasions. Departing for "Cabo" in 2016, Kelly went on to make twenty-five First Division appearances that season as the Dubliners finished 7th.
In other LOI transfer news, Champions Cork City today completed the biggest deal of this fledgling transfer period as Derry City maestro Barry McNamee signed on with the double winners. Beating St.Pat's and Limerick FC to his signature, many people will already be making CCFC favorites to retain their crown next season even at this early stage of the off-season after a great couple of days on and off the field for the Leesiders.
A new 52 week contract approach from the Turners Cross club looks to have played a key-role in retaining the services of seemingly want-a-way winger Karl Sheppard, who signed a new two-year extension last night, while McNamee may just be the first of John Caulfield's marquee signings with Bohemians hottest property Ismail Akinade reportedly on the "Rebels" shopping list.
Finally, more details are starting to emerge of the reported proposed American based take-over at Dundalk Football Club. Media reports today suggest talks between Dundalk FC and Peak6, an American equity company are already at an advanced stage, something the clubs general manager denies any knowledge of. It is reported should this consortium take part-ownership of the county Louth club a redevelopment of Oriel Park into a 7,500 capacity all-seater-stadium will take place. Media speculation also points towards plans for a new school-boy section at the club which would make Dundalk FC financially self-sufficient, while manager Stephen Kenny will apparently be offered yet another extended contract despite only signing on for another three-years just months ago! Exciting times indeed in Irish football!