Monday 18 December 2017

Shels sign up U-19 cap Alan to help bid for Premier

SHELBOURNE have signed Ireland U-19 cap Alan O'Sullivan just before the domestic transfer window closed to help in their push for promotion.

Dubliner O'Sullivan was a free agent after he was released by Aberdeen in May and Shels boss John McDonnell has snapped up the striker, who could make his debut against fellow promotion hopefuls Galway FC tomorrow night.

Shels are six points behind Division One leaders Longford Town and McDonnell hopes that O'Sullivan, as well as recent signings Gary Dempsey and Sean Russell, can help the Reds push Longford for the single automatic promotion place.

Ross Gaynor has completed his move to Cork City after his exit from Sligo Rovers, with Iarflaith Davoren moving in the opposite direction.

And ex-U21 cap Gaynor could make his debut against his former club Dundalk in a top-of-the-table clash tomorrow night.

"John Caulfield gave me a call yesterday and everything moved very quickly. I am delighted to be here and I am looking forward to the game on Friday. Hopefully I can just work hard and get into the team," says Gaynor, who won league and FAI Cup honours with Sligo.

"It is a tough-working team and there are some really quality players. It is going to be a joy to be a part of this team, pushing for a league and the cup as well. Turner's Cross is probably my favourite stadium in the league, so it will be great to play there regularly."

Former Cork City striker Graham Cummins is training with Exeter City in a bid to win a contract.

The Dubliner was given a free transfer by Preston at the end of last season and while he was linked with a return to Cork, he is keen to stay in England if he can get a deal from Exeter.

"He is training with us and he is putting himself in a situation where, should the embargo be lifted, he is available," said Exeter boss Paul Tisdale. "It is doing him no harm because he is keeping himself fit and he is a player ordinarily we would look at because he is at a good age and he is a strong, athletic striker with lots of ambition and determination.

"He would fit us at the moment, but I'm not in a position to follow through on anything."

Finn Harps have signed Donegal-born keeper Mark McGinley from UCD.

And Bohemians have handed forward Kevin Devaney a new deal to keep him at Dalymount Park, as Sligo Rovers had expressed an interest in their former player.

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