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Monday 25 September 2017

Fenlon fails with Irish recruitment

PAT FENLON has been forced to start again in the transfer market after missing out on two possible Irish signings.

The Hibernians manager had been keen to sign Waterford lad Jim Goodwin, capped once by Mick McCarthy at senior level, but the 30-year-old has decided to stay with St Mirren, signing a new deal.

"We spoke to St Mirren about Jim, but he has decided to stay where he is. He's their player, so there's nothing we can do about that," said Fenlon, who has also ruled out a move for current Irish U21 cap Rhys Murphy.

The Arsenal forward had been on trial with Hibs but has now been sent back to London after suffering an injury.

"Rhys has got a bit of a shoulder injury, so he has headed back down the road. We haven't got time to be trying to get players fit in the situation we are in," he added.

Burns returns to Lilywhites fold

FORMER Dundalk captain Liam Burns is back 'home' after re-signing for the Co Louth club, and manager Sean McCaffrey is delighted to have the 33-year-old on board.

Burns spent two seasons with Dundalk before a move to Bohemians last year, but now he's back on board at Oriel Park.

"It's a fantastic signing," says manager McCaffrey.

"He's a good leader on the pitch, and those leadership and organisation abilities will be invaluable to us when we have so many young players.

"But having met with him and spoken with other people that have worked with him, I think we've got a great signing."

Treacy staying put at Burnley

CHAMPIONSHIP side Burnley have denied that Ireland international Keith Treacy is on his way out of the club.

Dubliner Treacy had been out of the Clarets side in recent weeks and that prompted speculation that he could rejoin Preston, initially on loan, but Burnley boss Eddie Howe insists that the winger is staying on.

"Keith isn't going anywhere. He's back in the team again," said Howe. "We want to keep the squad together. We need everyone for the second half of the season."



Blades' Clarke bid hits the skids

SHEFFIELD United's bid to sign Ireland U21 striker Billy Clarke has been held up.

The Cork lad appears to be on his way out of Championship side Blackpool but Blades boss Danny Wilson is unsure if a deal can be done.

"Billy Clarke remains on our radar but we don't know whether they are willing to let him out or not. For us it would have to be a loan and for them, they want to sell him," said Wilson.

-- BY AIDAN FITZMAURICE

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