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Striker Hoban has no interest in show trials and calls for 'respect'

DUNDALK striker Pat Hoban says he is standing by his decision to refuse the offer of a trial with SPL side Kilmarnock.

And the Galway-born forward, who says he will turn down offers from rival League of Ireland clubs and re-sign for Dundalk for next season if a move to Britain does not materialise, insists that it's time for clubs in the UK to show more respect to players in Ireland.

Hoban played a key role in Dundalk's success of winning the Premier Division title last month and that form was acknowledged as he was named as October's player of the month by the SSE Airtricity Soccer Writers' Association of Ireland.

He has already had a spell cross-channel, with Bristol City, and his goals for Dundalk renewed interest as Kilmarnock said they were keen on Hoban - but only if he came over on trial, and Hoban feels he has proved himself in competitive matches more than he could in a trial match.

"I have been offered a few trials here and there but I don't see why I should have to go on trial," says Hoban.

"I have proved myself in two years in the league. For some reason the league doesn't get enough credit but I don't know why as we have done very well in Europe this year, and I think the standard is quite high in Ireland.

"I would go on trial obviously if it was a Championship or Premier League club - who would refuse that? But when it is League One, League Two, SPL, no disrespect but I don't see why I should have to go on trial, if they had done their homework," added Hoban, who made waves in the summer by scoring one of the goals in Dundalk's 2-1 win away to Hajduk Split in the Europa League.

"I wouldn't want to disrespect the club because they have obviously shown an interest in wanting to bring me over on trial.

"Obviously they have done a small bit of homework but the league here and the players in it don't get enough credit. I think we would beat most teams in League One in England and most teams in the SPL as well, so we should be getting a lot more credit than we are at the moment," he added.


Dundalk have already started planning for next year as key men from the title-winning squad like Daryl Horgan (left), Brian Gartland, Kurtis Byrne, Darren Meenan, Chris Shields, Dane Massey, David McMillan and Andy Boyle have all signed up. Hoban's future is undecided despite being linked with rival LOI clubs, he says he won't leave Oriel Park for another Irish team.

"If I'm in Ireland, Dundalk will be the place for me. If I don't get across the water then I will have to prove it to people again next year.

"There is no doubt about it, I would love a crack across the water and prove a lot of people wrong over there as well. But if I am in Ireland next year, I would be delighted to sign for Dundalk, but the right offer has not really come yet," added the striker.