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North goes east to join the Hoops

PAT FENLON has added another experienced player to the Shamrock Rovers squad for 2015 as Sligo Rovers striker Danny North has made the move back to Dublin.

North moved to Ireland in 2010 when he hooked up with St Patrick's Athletic and a move to Sligo in 2012 yielded league, FAI Cup and Setanta Cup medals. But the 27-year-old was keen for a change in his career and following his exit from Sligo, Rovers boss Fenlon has made North his second major signing of the close season, with Keith Fahey also signed up.

Fenlon has been busy retaining key members of last season's squad as Ryan Brennan, Patrick Cregg, Sean O'Connor, Simon Madden and Gary McCabe have all agreed to stay on at Tallaght Stadium next season but North (above) says he's excited by the move back to Dublin.

"I'm buzzing that it's sorted out and I've officially joined Shamrock Rovers. I can just get the head down now and enjoy starting afresh at a new club," says North.

"When the season ended I felt I needed a fresh start and so I was happy to talk to Pat. He spoke to me about his plans and ambitions for the club and he feels I'll do well here, so it didn't take me too long to decide to join. I am very impressed with the ambition here at the club and I hope to play a part in success next season."

Fenlon is still in talks with a number of last season's squad but departures for Karl Sheppard (Cork City), Ciaran Kilduff and Jason McGuinness (St Pats) have been confirmed while Dean Kelly has also been linked with a move away from Rovers.