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Friday 15 December 2017

Sligo braced for Greene exit

SLIGO ROVERS are set to lose Ireland U21 star Aaron Greene, with Shamrock Rovers and Accrington Stanley both keen on the winger, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.

Greene had been due to sign a new contract with Sligo after helping them to win the FAI Cup last season but that deal has now encountered a hitch and he could leave the club on a free transfer, an unwanted complication for Sligo as the club's management committee hunt for a new manager. Former boss Paul Cook is now in charge of League Two side Accrington - Cook had a 4-0 defeat in his first game in charge on Saturday - and he has already stated his intention of signing players from Ireland.

"I'm looking forward to going back to Sligo to try to bring players in, and anywhere else in Ireland that I can," said Cook.

But Shamrock Rovers are also eager to sign Greene, who has been capped three times at U21 level.



Preston excited by ace Cummins

LEAGUE ONE side Preston hope that Irish striker Graham Cummins will only improve after the former Cork City man scored his first goal for the club. Cummins, a €100,000 signing from Cork, gave Preston a 1-0 lead away to Sheffield United on Saturday and though his side ended up losing 2-1, manager Graham Westley was delighted with the 23-year-old's progress. "Graham is a goalscorer and he is only going to get better," said Westley.

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