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Clubs from Finland and US keen to sign Maher

FORMER Ireland U21 man Stephen Maher is weighing up a move abroad after clubs in Finland and the USA expressed an interest.

Maher (pictured) has played for Shamrock Rovers, St Patrick's Athletic, Dundalk and Monaghan United, as well as having a spell with Yeovil Town, but is a free agent, finishing up last season back at Dundalk following the collapse of Monaghan.

The 24-year-old was one of the stand-out players for a PFAI team of uncontracted players who played in a tournament in Norway last week, and one second-tier Finnish club managed by former Drogheda player Sami Ristila - KooTeePee - are keen to offer Maher a deal, but there have also been offers from outfits in the A-League in America, the division below the MLS.

"I'd be keen to play abroad at this stage of my career," says Maher, capped three times at U21 level.

Maher was one of 17 out of contract Irish players who finished third in a four-team tournament in Oslo last week.

To date, two players have signed contracts, Peter Higgins agreeing terms on a new deal with Waterford United and keeper Craig Hyland crossing the border to join Crusaders.

Irish League clubs have expressed an interest in Charlie Treacy and Mark Rossiter, though Rossiter is also in talks with St Patrick's Athletic, while Shane Tracy and David O'Leary are training with Limerick FC.

UCD have offered trials to Dean Marshall, Barry O'Mahony and Danny Joyce, while striker Stephen O'Flynn is weighing up offers from the USA.