Monday 24 October 2016

Greg Bolger sticks with St Pats despite bid from Motherwell

Greg Bolger holds on to referee Padraigh Sutton
Greg Bolger holds on to referee Padraigh Sutton

LIAM Buckley believes that he has acted in the best interests of the club by turning down an offer from SPL side Motherwell for key midfielder Greg Bolger.

Motherwell boss Ian Baraclough knows the Irish scene well from his time as manager of Sligo Rovers and the English-born coach has kept up to date with events here since his exit from the Showgrounds with occasional work as a TV pundit for SSE Airtricity League games.

Baraclough is a big admirer of Wexford native Bolger, who joined Pats from Dundalk in 2012 and was keen to add the 26-year-old to his squad as the new SPL season starts tomorrow. But the Saints knocked back the Scottish club’s bid and any move will now have to wait until Bolger is out of contract.

“Motherwell put in an offer which wasn’t acceptable to the club,” Buckley told The Herald.

“I spoke to Greg about it, he understood where we are at. As it happens we did then say we would accept a bid but they said they weren’t willing to do it. I spoke to Ian Baraclough and I think he has moved on so Greg’s with us for the rest of the year.

“Greg is under contract with us, he’s looking forward to the rest of the season and so are we. We’re in the top four in the league, still in the FAI Cup and EA Sports Cup so there’s a lot to play for.”

Pats have done a bit of work on their squad this week, releasing Ciaran Kilduff (Dundalk) and Conor McCormack (Derry City) while signing Shane McEleney from Derry, and he should make his debut at home to Galway United tonight, Pats aiming to make it seven wins from seven league games.

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