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Saturday 10 December 2016

Fans' favourite Fagan will remain a Saint

Christy Fagan
Christy Fagan

Black Friday turned out to be a very good Friday for supporters of St Patrick's Athletic as the club have secured a deal to keep key striker Christy Fagan on board for 2017.

The former U21 international had just completed his fifth season with the Saints but, after a disappointing year which saw the club miss out on European qualification, there were fears that Fagan would leave as Premier Division rivals Shamrock Rovers and Bray Wanderers were keen to land the 27-year-old.

But yesterday boss Liam Buckley confirmed, following a week of talks, a contract extension had been agreed.

With defender Gavin Peers (Sligo) and midfielder Patrick Cregg (Shamrock Rovers) signed up, Buckley will hope to use Fagan's decision to stay as a way of luring other top players to the club, though defender Sean Hoare is still expected to leave Richmond Park.

Rovers remain in the market for more signings, with Keith Buckley (Bohemians) a target, but the Hoops have been boosted with the news that promising youngster Trevor Clarke has agreed a new deal. The former Middlesbrough trainee had been linked with a return to England but Rovers persuaded the Dubliner to re-sign.

Meanwhile, a group of Shelbourne fans, unhappy at the board's decision to move to Dalymount Park, has called for a boycott of the club. "We also ask supporters not to buy any product that will fund the club nor to fund the club through any form of sponsorship," said the Reds Independent group.

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