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Thursday 14 December 2017

Fabio exit a blow for Drogheda

THE ONLY League of Ireland club without a manager ahead of the 2015 season, Drogheda United have suffered another blow as long-serving striker Declan 'Fabio' O'Brien has quit the club and signed for Irish League side Glenavon.

The 35-year-old (right) is one of only a handful of current players to have scored more than 100 league goals in the League of Ireland. He has lined out for Dundalk, St Patrick's Athletic, Monaghan United and Athlone Town and also had a spell in Malta but he's spent the bulk of his career with Drogheda United, spending 11 seasons overall at United Park.

But his time there is now over as the Dubliner has agreed an 18-month deal with Glenavon and will be free to play for the Lurgan outfit in January.

His exit is another disappointment for United fans who have now watched as four key players from last season's side have left the club - Gavin Holohan joined Cork City, Shane Grimes hooked up with Dundalk and Gavin Brennan moved to Shamrock Rovers, to join his brother - and fellow Drogheda native - Ryan in the first team squad.

Drogheda have had their problems since the 2014 season ended as boss Damien Richardson left his post while highly-rated coach Darius Kearns has also departed, to take up a post at St Patrick's Athletic.

The Drogheda board have spoken to a number of candidates for the manager's job but early favourites like John Gill and Trevor Croly ruled themselves out, while John McDonnell, Mick Cooke, Pat Devlin and Roddy Collins were also linked with the post at United Park.

Meanwhile, Derry City midfielder Barry McNamee will begin a week's trial at Fleetwood Town tomorrow.

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