Keeper Sean signs up for Romanian stint
Ireland prospect Sean McDermott will try his luck in Romania after agreeing a move to Dinamo Bucharest.
The 25-year-old, who was called into the senior Ireland squad by Martin O'Neill last year, had been lining out in his birthplace of Norway for Kristiansund but his form had sparked other interest and now Dinamo have sealed a deal to sign the ex-Arsenal man.
He will join his new team-mates at a mid-season training camp in Turkey today as the Romanian league resumes next month. Champions of Romania 18 times, Dinamo are struggling this season and McDermott joins a side fourth from bottom in the league table.
Yet to be capped at senior level, former U21 international McDermott is keen to gain a regular place in Mick McCarthy's squad as back-up to No. 1 Darren Randolph.
Meanwhile, Ireland cap Daryl Horgan has been praised for his form with Scottish top flight side Hibernian.
Horgan had been in and out of the side under Neil Lennon but he impressed in their weekend win in the Scottish Cup, scoring twice in a 4-0 win over fourth-tier side Elgin.
"He's scored two goals, even a header - he outjumped the goalie. He's done well. It was a nice game to come in to after the break, and we're just pleased to be in the next round," said Hibs assistant manager Garry Parker.
"We need a big second half of the season from everybody, not just Daryl. We need a push now because we need to finish in the top six. That's the target, that's what we've told the players."
Alan Judge had to settle for a defeat on his debut for Ipswich Town but the 30-year-old can do well for the Championship strugglers, manager Paul Lambert said.
"I think he did some very good things. He's going to be a really good player. He's got some really good attributes and I think he's going to be a big asset," Lambert stated.
U21 international Jimmy Dunne was praised after his good start to life with Sunderland. Dunne joined the Black Cats on loan from Burnley and while his debut ended in a 1-1 draw away Scunthorpe, the Dundalk man will be better for the experience.
"He did fine," manager Jack Ross said after the draw.
"A young man coming into a new team in terms of his team-mates and surroundings, I thought he did everything we asked. "He dealt with the physicality and I couldn't have asked any more from him in that respect."