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Friday 13 December 2019

Bohs snap up McAuley as Rovers give Grace deal

Glen McAuley. Photo: Sportsfile
Glen McAuley. Photo: Sportsfile

Bohemians have profited from an end-of-season clearout at their city rivals St Patrick's Athletic by snapping up young striker Glen McAuley.

And Shamrock Rovers have also strengthened ahead of the 2020 season by agreeing a new contract with defender Lee Grace, who had been linked with a cross-channel transfer.

McAuley had said his summer move from Liverpool to St Pat's was a chance to relaunch his career but after a bright start at Richmond Park he fell down the pecking order, and new manager Stephen O'Donnell has allowed the Tallaght native to move on, McAuley, the 10th player to leave Pat's since the end of last season.

Bohs boss Keith Long was aware of McAuley from St Joseph's Boys and he hopes that the signing will improve his options up front next season, the Gypsies suffering from the loss to injury of lead striker Diny Corcoran for the second half of last term.

Rovers boss Stephen Bradley says he's pleased that Grace has turned down the chance of a move abroad to sign up with the Hoops on a three-year deal.

"We're delighted. He had three offers from outside of the country. When he came back from holiday he rang and said he wanted to sign," Bradley told RTE.

"He's happy and wants to push on. We're delighted because he is a top player. He is a leader, a real man."

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