Between the Stripes daily transfer update 29/11/17
Article by Kieran Burke.
Starting in the First Division, Shelbourne today continued their impressive squad building mission for the 2018 campaign as three more players put pen to paper on deals at Tolka Park. Re-signing from last year are James Brown and former Longford Town midfielder James O'Brien, while joining the Bray Wanderers exodus is goalkeeper Lee Stacey.
This latest dip into the transfer market by "Shels" manager Owen Heary takes his squad tally to fourteen, the highest in the division so far.
As for last season's First Division winners, Waterford FC today announced the re-signing of midfielder Gary Comerford. The former Cobh Ramblers man played twenty-five times for the "Blues" last season as they won the First Division and as a result the player had reportedly attracted interest from elsewhere. However, Comerford has opted for another season at the RSC, which yesterday saw the arrival of Shamrock Rovers defender Dave Webster. Alan Reynlods side continue to be linked with the capture of another ex-Rovers man in the shape of much coveted full-back Simon Madden.
In other Munster based transfer activity, Limerick FC today confirmed the signing of Daniel Kearns who had been released by Sligo Rovers just forty-eight-hours earlier. Having caught the eye originally in LOI circles with Dundalk, Kearns earned a move to English football with Peterborough where he enjoyed a decent spell before eventually returning to these shores with Glenavon of the Irish Premiership. Again impressing greatly, much was expected of winger Kearns when he was signed by Sligo Rovers in 2016 but in truth it was far from a successful spell at the Showgrounds as Sligo narrowly avoided the drop just a few weeks ago.
Limerick boss Neil McDonald will be hoping Kearns can rediscover the kind of form that earned him a move to English football which is where our next transfer story takes us. For quite a while now, Limerick FC wonderkid Chiedozie Ogbene has been linked with a move to the English game but today's story by Buzz.ie will certainly have raised plenty of eyebrows. According to the online publication, Ogbene has impressed Premier League champions Chelsea during a two-week trial with the London club who as a result are now considering a six-figure bid for the twenty-year-old. Buzz.ie also claim the former Cork City youngster has attracted interest from Serie A, meaning it is now extremely unlikely we will see the Nigerian born winger play in the LOI again. (Click here for more details on this story by Buzz.ie).
Rounding off affairs in the Munster region, champions Cork City have this evening confirmed the re-signing of Steven Beattie. Former Sligo man Beattie was a huge part of the "Rebels" double win as the speedy-wide-man filled in at right-back, played on the wing and even up front at times this season for manager John Caulfield. Beattie had been linked with a move to Shamrock Rovers in recent weeks but has now signed a new one-year-deal to keep him on Leeside.
Finally for now, Dundalk FC's long reported American take-over not only looks set to be complete before Christmas but will now be a 100% full take-over according to Daniel McDonnell's morning article in the Irish Independent.
Until now it had been believed that current Dundalk owners Paul Brown and Andy Connolly would retain a share of the County Louth club with American equity firm Peak6, who also control 25% of Premier League club Bournemouth, taking up a majority stake. However, it now appears the American's will take full control at the club with plans for major redevelopment to Oriel Park a corner-stone of the reported takeover.