Between the Stripes daily transfer update 13/11/17
Starting with Neale Fenn's Longford Town, the London born manager and former Tottenham Hotspur player this afternoon announced the signing of winger Chris Mulhall from recently relegated Drogheda United. Mulhall, who can also operate as a striker, was a rare bright light in an extremely weak "Drogs" side who finished bottom in the top flight this season following his mid-season arrival from Limerick FC. With two separate spells at both Shelbourne and UCD early on in his LOI career which has also seen Mulhall line-out for the mighty Shamrock Rovers, the Port-Laois man certainty has plenty of LOI experience with over 180 senior appearances. Birmingham-born Mulhall also has the distinction of two under-18 caps for the Republic of Ireland and at the age of twenty-nine he will now be looking to cash in on that vast LOI experience, which crucially for Town boss Neale Fenn contains a First Division title win with the "Students" in 2009.
The signing of Mulhall combined with the Midlanders early re-signings of key charges such as goalkeeper Jack Brady, player of the year Daniel O'Reilly and hot-prospect Karl Chambers are sure to shorten "De Town's" 4/1 second favorites bookmakers odds for the 2018 campaign (Galway United have been installed as 3/1 favorites).
Moving on to the Premier Division now and it's yet another day dominated by Cork City who have reportedly pipped Dundalk to the signing of "Candystripes" defender Aaron Barry.
The twenty-four-year-old's story at Derry is somewhat similar to that of Seanie Maguire's at Turners Cross. Having returned from English football after a Sheffield United, Barry's confidence had hit rock-bottom. However, given the opportunity of first-team football Barry has thrived and was one of the stand-out players in the Derry team this season despite a difficult year at the club following the passing of captain Ryan McBride.
Signing a two-year-deal with the "Rebels", Barry looks set to partner long-time servant and two-time league winner Alan Bennett at the heart of the Cork City defence for 2018 with John Caulfield's men looking to defend their double status, while also making a mark in European competition.