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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Mathews: New faces a boost for us

ALAN Mathews believes that Bray Wanderers have done well to lure Irish youngsters Gareth McDonagh and Joe Gorman home after spells in Britain.

Without a win in five league games, a run that also saw Bray exit the FAI Cup at the first hurdle, Mathews hopes that fresh faces can give his squad a lift ahead of the second half of the season.

Striker McDonagh comes to Bray after finishing up with Celtic while defender Gorman, who previously had a spell with Crewe, joins from Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Bray have also signed veteran striker Philip Hughes to boost the attack - before last week's 3-2 loss to St Pat's, Bray had scored just once in seven games - and Mathews is pleased with his transfer dealings so far, although the Wicklow club were last night awaiting conformation that the new signings would have their paperwork cleared in time to face Drogheda United tonight.

Different

"Joe and Gareth coming in will give is something different," says Mathews.

"Joe had options to stay across the water but he liked our plans here at Bray and it's good that he has come to us. He wants to get his career going after a frustrating time of it and Bray is a good stage to do that.

"We're also glad to have Philly at the club, he has been off the radar for a while now and hasn't played much but there are goals in him," added Mathews.

Meanwhile, Drogheda expect to confirm former Shamrock Rovers and Limerick boss Pat Scully as their new manager next week.

Darius Kearns has stood in as caretaker in recent weeks but the club are keen to get a long-term appointment made and Dubliner Scully fits the bill.

Drogheda badly need a lift after a run of six straight defeats.

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