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Post by niall_hearty2000 » Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:11 pm

If true? Here is his highlights video on YouTube. He is currently a free agent.
https://youtu.be/fWUTNN4x4lQ
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Post by Ezeikial » Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:46 pm

DFC | Kenny set to add another player as Marco gets ready to swap Lillestrom for the Lilywhites
29-year-old Nigerian born striker will become 10th new signing
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Post by cooney » Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:51 pm

Tagbajumi now confirmed via DFC twitter page

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Post by cooney » Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:43 pm

1 year deal as mentioned on the website

http://www.dundalkfc.com/tagbajumi-signs-dundalk/

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Post by Ezeikial » Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:28 pm

Welcome Marco!

On a side note, its great to have the interview video on the website, but I wish Darren could ask some slightly more imaginative questions.....
Marco, you have just signed for Dundalk FC, are you happy to get it across the line?

We play Shamrock Rovers on Friday night, are you looking forward to getting playing for Dundalk?
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Post by mike » Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:43 pm

We obviously have O'Donnell, Mountney, Hoare all still out injured, but this is going to be a nice selection headache now for SK when everyone / most are fit.

I can't see him not selecting the following:

Roger, current no 1
Gannon, no question auto starter
Benson - he appears to favour him when all others in that position are available, rarely ever dropped?
Duffy - same reasons for the left side
Gartland - would prob be his choice in central defence.
Massey - as he also likes to keep consistency in defence so prob gives the current edge, although Jarvis looked a fine option last Friday.

I can't think if any others who would be 'auto picks' apart from O'Donnell but his injuries are already a worry, so this leaves at least 5 spots (and I haven't even listed a striker yet) up for grabs when we have a full compliment.

Decent squad, getting the best xi and formation will be the challenge.

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Post by Ezeikial » Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:12 pm

I'd say that only Rogers, Gannon, Duffy and maybe Benson could be confident/comfortable about selection at this point.

Benson has competition from a number of players for one of the two attacking midfield places - Adorjan, Chvedukas, McGrath, before you even consider a change in formation that could see others put him under pressure.

Gartland is definitely under pressure with four centre backs competing for 2 places.

Massey is probably under the most intense pressure from the 6 players you list - his poor form over most of last season combined with the quality that Jarvis brings.

Competition for places is a good thing
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Post by paul1 » Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:44 pm

For me Gartland is our number one then one of the other two .

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Post by Ezeikial » Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:41 pm

paul1 wrote:For me Gartland is our number one then one of the other two .
Me too, but it's SK's opinion that matters!
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Post by Wexford White » Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:09 pm

Times change, don't they? Six years ago we were living in hope. Now we live in expectation.
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Post by dell » Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:09 pm

I dont think having expectations is a bad thing when we re-established ourselves as one of the top teams in the league. Its when complacency or a sense of entitlement kicks in with some supporters, then its time to be concerned

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Post by Ezeikial » Sun Feb 25, 2018 5:12 pm

Demo piece on Marco Tagbajumi
New Dundalk FC striker Marco Tagbajumi is "excited and ready to go" having made his debut at Shamrock Rovers on Friday night.

The Nigerian forward signed a one-year deal with the Lilywhites last Wednesday, becoming Stephen Kenny's 10th new addition, having last played for Norwegian top-flight side Lillestrøm. His most recent match having been December's Cup final in Norway where he collected a winners medal.

Speaking to The Dundalk Democrat on his move, Tagbajumi revealed the lure of European football played a central part in his decision to pen a deal with Dundalk.

"I spoke to Stephen (Kenny), the manager, and he really gave me a good vibe and assured me that this is a good move. I said 'why not', I was happy to get a new experience and, of course, the team are going to Europe and that's a big incentive," he said

"I didn't know anything about Ireland, but when I came down, just the way that normal people are, they're just so friendly. I've never met so many friendly people in my life. It's a place where I can be happy and that's what assured me to come here.

"The most important thing for me is to come in and do the best for the team. I'm not really focused on scoring the goals, I don't really mind who scores the goals. The most important thing is that we win as a team," Tagbajumi added.

The 29-year-old, who holds Italian citizenship, has played for a variety of different clubs including AEL Limassol of Cyprus and Norwegian outfit Strømsgodset, and has scored 44 goals in 123 career matches.

Although he didn't watch Dundalk's matches with Rosenborg - a side whom he's very familiar with from his time in Norway - in last year's Champions League qualifiers, he appreciates the Lilywhites' performance in running the Trondheim side so close. His desire is to reach his peak with his new club, with the league title his aim.

"They do say that strikers get better between 29 and 32. If it is my peak period, I'm not sure as I'm a bit of a late bloomer as well because I only went professional at 21.

"What I hope to achieve at Dundalk is to give it 100%, do my best, try to get into Europe with the team and win the league if we can. That's the main goal.

"We are a very strong team, we are a very new team. Every new player needs to gel and that takes, of course, a little bit of time. But all the guys are top-notch, they're a top team," said Tagbajumi.
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Post by Ezeikial » Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:12 pm

Conor Clifford - Interesting to read that SK and Skip have both been in touch with him
“Treated Like A Criminal, Conor Clifford Just Wants To Play”
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Post by niall_hearty2000 » Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:28 pm

To be honest ezeikial he might be worth another punt. You don't know the pressure he was under when here.. But then again in the article it appears he only knew about it when the ban was being imposed. But we definitely need something different in midfield.
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Post by mike » Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:04 pm

I think, and I count myself as one, a lot of people got this wrong about him, these bets he placed were very modest and from the time I read about it, the bets placed was nothing out of the ordinary, and would be similar to what a few lads down the pub would place most weekends. The problem is as we know, he was caught and players (even if loads bet under pseudo names) are banned from it.

I remember hearing reports from Sligo away early game last season, that he almost ran the mf - that was prob his best game, but it proved he had the ability.

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