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Re: 2018 Rumours / Transfers / Renewals

Postby El Paso » Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:02 am

You've kind of hit on something there.

Why did we sign that Treacy lad if he's not going to be Rogers' back up? Either he and Sava both get released or just Sava goes and we don't bring anyone in.

We have Hoban and Kelly. There's no point having a third striker if Kenny only plays one up front. Kelly will do well to get game time as it is. And Sam Byrne is now contracted until the end of next year.

Same with having another specialist right back. I'd say he's more than happy with the current Gannon/Hoare arrangement. Looks like Jarvis is going to be cover for both left back and defensive midfield and Mountney the same for the right side.

Kenny has said he sees Connolly on the Left, so that might be the plan if we don't keep Duffy?

I could see McGrath slotting into Benson's place if he leaves too. That would mean keeping Murray.

So basically anyone we're signing is being signed to sit on the bench, really, unless we go for some major upgrades. And only McEneff really fits the bill at the moment within the League.

Chvedukas was signed for two seasons, I think? Have to say I'm beginning to think there's a story there. We don't seem to want to play him, and he doesn't seem to want to play.


I love a quality signing as much as the next fan, but if it's a choice between a 23 man squad where 8 of them never play, or an 18 man squad and some money spent on Oriel, I know what I'd pick.



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Re: 2018 Rumours / Transfers / Renewals

Postby dell1 » Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:43 am

Forgot about Byrne. If he gets game time injury free and makes an impact at Glentoran then he has a future back in Oriel. I was thinking they are all kinda similar enough and maybe having a different type of striker available to mix things up if we needed to, but the manager doesnt mix things up at all really be it formation of picking his favoured 11.

If O'Donnell doesnt get back to full fitness and i'm not suggesting he wont, but he will have to be minded, Chevdukas being an odd situation (which will hopefully be sorted and he will be a great player for us) and if he doesnt get back playing fully for whatever reason then an injury to Sheilds or Jarvis and we are very light. Jarvis has been good when pushed in to a defensive midfield role but will he really be a proper replacement for Sheilds who we seriously rely on to make our system work.

Connolly on the left as a first choice replacement for Duffy? Well unless he can improve on his delivery of crosses then he is all jet and no pilot. We would badly miss Duffy just for his delivery and set piece at the corner never mind free kicks. Connolly wont become a dead ball expert with all the will in the world by next season. Again Id be delighted to eat my words on that if he improves that part of his game to Duffy's level.

McGrath in to centre mid is a good call and with Mountney fit wide right is covered but an injury to either and again the squad looks light or unbalanced. I'd hate to see McEleney played wide as he has in the past for us as he isnt half as effective. I jsut get the feeling that Murray is not in the picture for some reason - he was playing very well before injury hit and then when he came back he just was nowhere near the side, supporters expected him to come back in such was his form before but he got no chance at all for a long spell.

If the A. Bolger rumour is true than he would have the tenaciousness and energy in midfield to make an impact. He would benefit from the strength and conditioning expected at Dundalk too. McEneff signing speaks for itself. With Kenny Shiels looking like he is on borrowed time that signing could have a lot to do with who replaces Shiels if McEneff doesnt go abroad. Sadlier would be something of a coup as much for the fact that Cork wouldnt want a player to sign for the rivl club. He would though be able to cover a number of positions like on the wing. He would be better suited to playing ball with Dundalk and better coached too.

I would agree on the point of a smaller squad and as an alternative see investment in the ground. I dont think though that the cost of the playing budget will have an either or impact on ground development as I dont think the saving of 5 players wages even if thats a wedge of money saved would be diverted to improving Oriel. It would be piecemeal at best until plans are announced on a ground development programme which will happen at some point and add to the list of LoI 'planned' stadia development.

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Re: 2018 Rumours / Transfers / Renewals

Postby Ezeikial » Wed Aug 22, 2018 3:44 pm

Sneachta wrote:Rumours of sadlier looking to get out of cork

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According to Irish Sun Swindon are interested in Sadlier.

It also mentions an option for a 1 year extension on his Cork contract - I wonder is it the club or player who holds the option
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Re: 2018 Rumours / Transfers / Renewals

Postby niall_hearty2000 » Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:34 pm

Surely our top teams especially ourselves and cork have to be more of an attractive option than a league 2 backwater like swindon.
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Re: 2018 Rumours / Transfers / Renewals

Postby Ezeikial » Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:55 pm

niall_hearty2000 wrote:Surely our top teams especially ourselves and cork have to be more of an attractive option than a league 2 backwater like swindon.


To me or you possibly, but to an English born player who is interested in a return home, more money, and a chance to climb the English leagues, Swindon Town is probably a good option
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Re: 2018 Rumours / Transfers / Renewals

Postby Sneachta » Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:15 pm

Vigeroux in goals at Swindon. Hasn't kept a clean sheet I think since he left Waterford. Been difficult start for him back over there

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Re: 2018 Rumours / Transfers / Renewals

Postby colymull » Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:45 pm

Sneachta wrote:Vigeroux in goals at Swindon. Hasn't kept a clean sheet I think since he left Waterford. Been difficult start for him back over there

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Re: 2018 Rumours / Transfers / Renewals

Postby El Paso » Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:52 pm

At this stage I'd be looking at our current 18 as the starting point for next season. We have adequate cover in every position, for example:

Rogers (Sava)
Gannon(Hoare)-Hoare(Cleary)-Gartland(Cleary)-Massey(Jarvis)
Benson(Mountney)-Shields(Jarvis)
Connolly(Mountney)-McGrath(McEleney)-Duffy(Murray)
Hoban(Kelly)

I would think instead of having a bigger squad we should look to improve by replacement. So if Benson decides to go get McEneff hopefully. If Duffy goes get Sadlier! There's no point signing quality players and leaving them rot on our bench. Especially when I think we all still have some money concerns. The one qualifier is that I still think we're missing what Skip/Finn gave us in the middle especially in Europe.

Really hard to see a future for Folan and Poynton. Chvedukas? Not for me, tries to get himself sent off and too much nonsense about his ankle. I think he doesn't want to play, frankly. Adorjan and Tagbajumi already gone. Sam Byrne???... Hope Skip is capable of taking a player/coach role and staying.

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Re: 2018 Rumours / Transfers / Renewals

Postby Louth4sam » Sun Aug 26, 2018 8:01 pm

O'Neill hinting he is about to call Duffy in to the Ireland squad which would very well end any chance we have of keeping him next season.

He'll be very difficult to replace with nobody within the league even close.
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Re: 2018 Rumours / Transfers / Renewals

Postby Ezeikial » Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:49 pm

Louth4sam wrote:O'Neill hinting he is about to call Duffy in to the Ireland squad which would very well end any chance we have of keeping him next season.

He'll be very difficult to replace with nobody within the league even close.




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Re: 2018 Rumours / Transfers / Renewals

Postby Ezeikial » Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:05 pm

Maybe Dylan McGlade at Longford is a prospect that Stephen Kenny is tracking?

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Re: 2018 Rumours / Transfers / Renewals

Postby Dillonman » Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:40 pm

McCarey has signed for Warrenpoint.
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Re: 2018 Rumours / Transfers / Renewals

Postby Ezeikial » Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:42 pm

Dillonman wrote:McCarey has signed for Warrenpoint.


Sam and Co badly need a decent keeper with 5 loses in 5 games and 17 goals conceded so far

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Re: 2018 Rumours / Transfers / Renewals

Postby Ezeikial » Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:28 am

No surprises here

Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny admits they are braced for battle to keep hold of prized asset Michael Duffy
The best player in the League of Ireland this season is out of contract at the end of the season


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