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Saturday 7 December 2019

Perth has faith in Dundalk's US owners

Vinny Perth
Vinny Perth

Vinny Perth believes that any suspicions about the long-term intentions of Dundalk's American owners are misguided.

US investment firm Peak6 were the main backers of a takeover of the League of Ireland champions two years ago this month.

They have made league success and European progression their priority and the negative view of their arrival is that they will leave if they don't see a quick return.

The condition of Oriel Park is a concern as improvement of spectator facilities has been down the list of Peak6's priorities - although it's understood there are some plans in the pipeline.

In the short term, however, it is expected that Perth will be given ammunition to look overseas in a view to attract new talent to the champions over the off-season.

Perth is looking at markets such as Croatia, Slovakia and France because he feels that is where hidden gems can be found.

The Dubliner says that discussions with the Americans have demonstrated the level of their commitment.

A significant aspect of recent months has been the increased involvement of Bill Hulsizer, the father of Peak6's founder Matt. His family have become immersed in the Dundalk investment.

"I'm not going to speak on their behalf but they love the community element of Dundalk," Perth told the LOI Weekly podcast. "There's bigger and better clubs they could have bought with less hassle.

"They are in this club for the right reasons. I'm honest enough to tell you the truth, or else I wouldn't address the subject.

"Matt has an interest in the club, they watch our games. If we play on a Friday night, there is a stream going back and Peak6 offices will have the game on a big screen.

"It's not that this is some investment over in Ireland. His father has a real love for the town and the club. Over the last six months, he's been more and more around the club.

"He helped in the Pat Hoban (new) contract but myself and Mike Treacy (the chairman) make the final decisions."

Perth is prioritising the sourcing of creative talent over the off-season as he believes that is where Dundalk fell short in Europe.

The out-of-contract Jamie McGrath has interest from Livingston while Robbie Benson's move to St Patrick's Athletic was confirmed yesterday. "It's a big statement," says Saints boss Stephen O'Donnell, a former team-mate and housemate of Benson.

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