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Buckley delighted with new arrivals

FAI Cup holders St Patrick's Athletic have moved quickly in the transfer market to boost their squad with a triple swoop, including the signing of highly-rated defender Lee Desmond.

Yesterday morning Saints fans were hit with confirmation that FAI Cup hero Keith Fahey had left the club to join city rivals Shamrock Rovers, a major loss for the Saints.

But boss Liam Buckley has wasted no time in strengthening his squad as defender Jason McGuinness and striker Ciaran Kilduff have moved from Rovers, while defender Desmond moves to Pats after a very impressive spell with Shelbourne.

McGuinness and Kilduff come to Pats with league medals already on their CV and they hope to add to that tally in 2015.

Desmond, 19, joined Shels last season after a spell with Newcastle United and he was an instant hit, missing just three league games for the Reds as they narrowly missed out on promotion.

And his form was recognised as Noel King called him up to the Irish U21 squad for two friendly games in Spain next week.

"I'm delighted to sign the three lads. I've tried to sign both Jason and Ciarán in the past and it just didn't materialise, so to get them to sign now, they'll be great additions to the club," says Saints boss Buckley.

"Equally, I'm delighted to bring in young Lee Desmond as he's a great player with a bright future ahead of him as he has proven with his recent call-up to the Republic of Ireland U21 squad."

Meanwhile, Dundalk have confirmed the capture of keeper Gary Rogers from Sligo Rovers.

"I had three great years at Sligo Rovers. I was lucky enough to win a trophy in each season at the club and I enjoyed my time there. The opportunity to turn Dundalk at this time was too good to turn down and it didn't take me long to decide," says Rogers, who replaces long-serving keeper Peter Cherrie.