Hollywood comes to Longford as Macron makes a return
Written by Kieran Burke. Longford Town have announced the signing of twenty-one-year-old midfielder Jamie Hollywood from Drogheda United. The excitingly named Hollywood becomes the second player to swap county Louth for Longford following team-mate Chris Mulhall from the now manager-less Drogheda.
This comes after it was this morning announced that Pete Mahon and recently relegated United had decided to part ways following a disastrous 2017 season. Having made a positive start to life back in the top-flight, following 2016's incredible play-off final comeback against the now defunct Wexford Youths, things swiftly went south for Mahon and assistant John Gill as in camp bickering led to a number of high-profile players departing Drogheda mid-season. A win-less run of twenty-two games would follow and things haven't got any better for long-suffering "Drogs" fans in the off-season with Stephen Elliot, Chris Mulhall and now Jamie Hollywood all heading for the exit door.
Starting out with Bohemians under-19's side, Hollywood quickly caught the eye and lined out for the "Gypsies" first-team in a glamour pre-season clash at home to then SPL side Dundee United in 2014. Despite that early opportunity, Hollywood continued in the under-19's side until 2017 when he was signed by Pete Mahon for newly promoted Drogheda.
Although game-time was scarce for Hollywood during the dour 2017 Drogheda campaign, the Dubliner did enough during his brief appearances to impress many on-lookers with United fans expressing their disappointment at Hollywood's exit shortly after Longford announced the deal on their Twitter account. On the other hand the player himself was quick to show his delight at signing a contract with Neale Fenn's Longford who are fast becoming many peoples favorites to lift the First Division title next season.
In other Longford news, striker Cian Byrne has signed a contract extension with the 2014 First Division champions despite rarely been seen in action following his mid-season arrival from non-league football last season. However, manager Neale Fenn clearly saw enough in the youngsters ability to warrant a new deal but many Town supporters will still be hoping to hear news of a new deal for the clubs all-time leading scorer David O'Sullivan. Less than twenty goals away from an incredible tally of one-hundred for "De Town" "Sully", as he is affectionately known, has been part of the furniture at the City Calling Stadium since arriving at the club from Wayside Celtic under Tony Cousins watch in 2013. With Byrne and new signing Chris Mulhall, who can play up-front or on the wing now on the books at Longford, there is certainly still space for another striker, especially one with such an incredible scoring record at this level, however Town fans will be eager to hear updates on O'Sullivan's future sooner rather than later.
Finally, in off-field news, Between the Stripes has today learned that the "Red and Black" will tog out in Macron gear once again next season. Splitting from the Italian manufacturer prior to the 2015 campaign due to reported financial difficulties within the Irish branch of Macron, Town moved to another Italian brand in the form of Legea. However, with Macron still supplying other LOI clubs such as First Division rivals Shelbourne, Longford will now launch a new strip in time for what promises to be a massive season for Neale Fenn's side.