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Cambridge win race for Limerick star Rory Gaffney

Rory Gaffney

THE League of Ireland has lost another player to England's fourth tier as highly-rated forward Rory Gaffney has left Limerick FC to join Cambridge United.

Just days after Oxford United signed up Dundalk's Pat Hoban, the joint top scorer in the Premier Division last season, Oxford's League Two rivals Cambridge have agreed a deal with Gaffney, who had been a target for Shamrock Rovers.

"We don't want to put him under any pressure but we are delighted to have secured Rory's signature on an 18-month contract," said Cambridge CEO Jez George.

"We feel he's got all the attributes to be a success in England and has ticked all the boxes as far as we are concerned in our recruitment process. We are excited by his imminent arrival."

Meanwhile, Ireland U21 cap Brian Lenihan has been forced to cut short his loan spell in the Championship and return to Hull City for treatment.

The full back, who only joined Hull from Cork City in August, had been on loan to Blackpool and made two appearances for the Championship strugglers.

The Cork lad was also in demand at international level as he featured for the Irish U21s in friendly games in Spain two weeks ago.

But he has picked up a knee injury and has gone back to Hull for treatment.