PADDY KAVANAGH: "Stephen Kenny tried to sign me."

Speaking exclusively on S3EP13 of Between the Stripes LOI podcast with Kieran Burke & Jonathan Brier last night, recently retired League of Ireland winger, Paddy Kavanagh revealed just how close he was to joining the Stephen Kenny led revolution at Oriel Park back in 2013.

Having only won a single league title during his playing career, that triumph coming in 2010 with Shamrock Rovers, one could have been forgiven for imagining there might be a sense of disappointment or “what could have been” for Dublin native Kavanagh, who eventually opted to sign for Kenny’s ex-club, Derry City. However, Kavanagh explained he has never doubted the decision not to sign for the “Lilywhites” despite the domestic dominance and European success that was to follow Kenny’s arrival in County Louth seven-years-ago.

“I had already shook hands with Derry the previous Thursday and then Stephen (Kenny) rang me on the Monday to say he was being announced as the Dundalk gaffer on Tuesday and that he wanted me to sign. I said I can’t, I’ve already committed to Derry and plus playing a couple of years up on that astro (in Oriel Park) would probably take a few years of my career anyway” said Kavanagh, who announced his retirement following an unsuccessful shot at promotion with Shelbourne towards the tail-end of last season.

Thirty-three-year-old Kavanagh, was on Between the Stripes LOI podcast this week to look back on his career path from start to finish, while also offering his advice to youngsters perhaps tempted to jump straight into the English game. You can catch Kavanagh’s fantastic in-depth chat with Burke & Brier from 28 minutes into this weeks episode, which is available for listening below.