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Chris stays on with the Saints

LIAM Buckley has given St Patrick's Athletic fans more reasons to be cheerful for next season as the Saints have agreed terms on a new contract with Christopher Forrester.

The midfielder, who helped Pats win the FAI Cup last season, had been linked with a move to England, League One side Sheffield United reportedly interested in Forrester as well as Bohemians man Eoin Wearen.

Pats fans had faced the prospect of losing Forrester as well as striker Chris Fagan, who scored both goals in the FAI Cup final win over Derry City as Fagan was heavily linked with Chesterfield.

But Pats have persuaded the duo to commit to new deals for 2015, and that news, combined with the arrivals of Lee Desmond (Shelbourne), Ciaran Kilduff and Jason McGuinness (both Shamrock Rovers) is a sign that the Saints mean business next season.


Forrester made his senior debut with Bohemians but made the move to St Pats in 2012 and he has won Premier Division and FAI Cup medals in his time at Richmond Park.

Dundalk are also making moves in terms of squad-building. The club last week were hit with the news that striker Pat Hoban - joint top-scorer in the league last season alongside Fagan - had left the club as he sealed a move to League Two outfit Oxford United, and Dundalk have yet to agree on a new deal with Richie Towell, who had attracted interest from Cardiff City.

But some fresh talent is on the way as Dundalk have lined up a move for forward Jake Kelly, the former St Pats man who spent last season with Bray Wanderers.

Bray are facing into a tough few weeks as they are likely to lose two other key members of their 2014 squad on top of Kelly.

Midfielder Graham Kelly is expected to move to Bohemians while Dave Webster could hook up with Pat Fenlon at Shamrock Rovers. Webster is Bray's longest-serving player, having made his debut back in 2008.