Between the Stripes daily transfer update 15/11/17
Ireland's world cup hopes may have died on Tuesday night but it's been a busy forty-eight hours domestically with LOI clubs continuing their respective assaults on the transfer market. Starting with news from the Midlands and Longford Town goalkeeper Paul Skinner has announced his departure from the "Red and Black". Brought to the club during Tony Cousins reign at City Calling Stadium, Neale Fenn has decided not to offer the experienced net-minder a new contract as Between the Stripes revealed a number of weeks ago.
Elsewhere, Skinner's former club Shelbourne today announced the re-signing of midfielder Gavin Boyne, who returns from a disappointing one-season spell with Longford. Brought to the club by Alan Mathews in pre-season, Boyne could only ever show glimpses of his talent in the "Red and Black" of Longford and was almost non-existent on "De Town" squad sheets following the arrival of new manager Neale Fenn mid-season.
In Premier Division news, Sligo Rovers boss Ger Lyttle has been a busy man ever since his side confirmed they would play top-flight football again for 2018 with Finn Harps winger Caolon McAleer the latest addition to the "Bit O'Red" squad. Despite a season which saw McAleer pick up no less than thirteen yellow cards as the Donegal side fell through the trap door and back into the First Division the pacey winger impressed greatly in his debut LOI campaign.
In another blow for the Finn Park outfit, albeit the first of many expected big name departures, striker Danny Morrisey has left the club to sign for Limerick FC. Despite suffering an injury hit campaign, Morrisey proved he is good enough to lead a Premier Division front-line when fit and with plans of building on last seasons seventh-placed finish it could be a break-through year for the former Cork City man.
Onto Stephen Bradley's Shamrock Rovers now and the Tallaght club today made the surprise announcement that defender Dave Webster and former Longford Town loanee Ryan Connolly have been let go. Webster joined in 2015 and made over 90 appearances for the "Hoops" while Connolly signed last year and was expected to be a key-clog in the midfield after an excellent spell with Galway, but through a mixture of injury and subsequent poor-form only managed over 30 appearances for the seventeen-time league winners.
Rounding up today's transfer updates with Dundalk FC and of course Cork City who have been by far the most active club in the off-season to date, the "Lillywhites" have confirmed the departure of centre-half Paddy Barrett while champions Cork have delighted supporters with the news of a two-year deal for club legend Mark McNulty, now thirty-seven.