Sunday 23 October 2016

Irish 'keeper Colm Doyle seals move away

Colin Doyle
Colin Doyle

Colin Doyle has become the fourth senior Ireland international to secure a move ahead of next season after he agreed a deal with Blackpool.

With 13 years of service on his CV, Cork native Doyle was the longest serving player at Birmingham City but he was released at the end of last season and has already signed a contract with Blackpool, who were relegated from the Championship last season.

Kevin Doyle (Colorado Rapids), Darren Randolph (West Ham) and Alex Pearce (Derby) are the other three senior Irish caps who have moved clubs in recent weeks.

"I was at Birmingham a long time after coming through the academy, and the last few years have gone a bit stale because I didn't play many games there. I want to come here, play regularly and get a full season under my belt. This is a new chapter now and one that I'm really looking forward to getting started," says Doyle.

Meanwhile, Pat Fenlon says he would be interested in bringing Ireland U21 cap Graham Burke to Shamrock Rovers after the player was released by Aston Villa, but he does not have the funds to make the move happen.

"We don't have any money, it's as simple as that. We're tight, we just have to get on with it," says Fenlon.

"Graham is a good player, I remember him at Belvedere. We probably need an out and out striker at the moment. Obviously he's a quality player and we would be interested in him if we did have money but I think he may have an opportunity to get something in England."

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