Saturday 18 November 2017

Hoops eye up Devlin

SHAMROCK Rovers boss Stephen Kenny says he's considering a move for former Manchester United goalkeeper Conor Devlin.

The reigning league champions are in the hunt for a goalkeeper as it was confirmed yesterday that keeper Richard Brush, who joined Rovers midway through last season, had left Tallaght Stadium and rejoined Sligo Rovers.

Ryan Thompson, who took over from Alan Mannus as Hoops keeper when Mannus joined St Johnstone last summer, is out of contract and is on trial with a club in Finland and, while it's possible that the Jamaican could re-sign for Rovers, Kenny is keen to add another keeper to the squad.

Conor Devlin, first-choice keeper with the Northern Ireland U21 squad, is a free agent after spells with Brentford and Hartlepool and is being tracked by a number of League of Ireland clubs.

Devlin spent three years with Manchester United but was released last summer. The 20-year-old trained with Shelbourne for a time but it's thought that the Reds will not be signing Devlin and have moved on to other targets, but Rovers are still keen to have a look.

"Conor Devlin is a possibility for us," Kenny said. "I know he is available and I would like to speak to him and see him in training. We need two keepers and the start of the season isn't too far away now.

"Richard Brush has left the club, but Ryan Thompson coming back is an option.

"I am happy with the players we have signed so far and while we won't be signing too many more, we need to add to the squad, we need a keeper and a right back."

Meanwhile, Championship side Burnley have completed the signing of Derry City defender Daniel Lafferty.

The 22-year-old has been linked with a number of cross-channel clubs since the end of last season, spending time on trial with Brighton and Derby County, but Burnley have won the race for his signature, sealing a €200,000 deal with Derry.

"He's a player we have known about for a while. We had a look at him for a week in training and he impressed us," said Burnley boss Eddie Howe.

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