Tuesday 23 April 2019

Dundalk are keen on Bray's Greene

Aaron Greene. Photo: SPORTSFILE
Aaron Greene. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Dundalk will this week try to conclude a deal to land Aaron Greene from Bray Wanderers.

The Wicklow club are facing real problems in being ready for the 2018 season, which begins on February 16th, the season kicking off a week earlier than last year.

Bray have only four senior players under contract, including Greene, Peter Cherrie and Keith Buckley, and are without a manager since Harry Kenny's decision to leave at the end of last season.

And with no manager in place, there is no set date for a return for pre-season training.

Most Premier Division clubs are back for pre-season in the first week of January and concerns are mounting among the Bray support about the club's readiness for the new season.

And they could also lose veteran Greene, if Dundalk are able to complete a deal, Shamrock Rovers also tracking Tallaght man Greene.

Still only 27, Greene has played for eight League of Ireland clubs and Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny is a long-time admirer, the pair having worked together at Shamrock Rovers in 2012.

Dundalk have already signed forwards Pat Hoban and Ronan Murray, to replace David McMillan who is moving over to SPL side St Johnstone next month, but Kenny is keen to add more attacking talent to the squad.

Meanwhile, rival League of Ireland clubs have been busy on the transfer market. Newly-promoted Waterford have signed midfielder Gavan Holohan from Galway United.

"I'm delighted that he has decided to join us and we're happy to have a player of his experience on board ahead of the new season. He has already spent four seasons playing in the Premier Division - experience that will be invaluable for us," says Waterford boss Alan Reynolds.

And Derry City have also strengthened their squad again, with the capture of Northern Ireland U21 cap Jamie McDonagh from Sligo Rovers.

Europa League entrants Derry, who have lost key players Aaron Barry and Barry McNamee (to Cork City) and Dean Jarvis (to Dundalk), have made Lisburn native McDonagh their eighth signing of the close season.

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