Darragh Lenihan, Eiran Cashin & David McGoldrick: Ireland’s out of contract Championship stars revealed

Ireland players championship contracts

A busy summer awaits Ireland’s Championship stars.

As the EFL Championship season winds down, several Irish players still have their contracts to sort out in the English second-tier, with many either looking to move on, or stay at their current clubs.

Some of which are more high-profile than others, with senior, and underage internationals included on this list.

And heading into the final few weeks of their contracts, we have you covered on all the Irish players in the Championship whose contracts are expiring at the end of June.

Darragh Lenihan – Blackburn Rovers

Arguably the highest profile player on this list, Darragh Lenihan is unlikely to be searching for a new club for an extended period of time, having impressed for Blackburn Rovers this year.

While Rovers have ultimately fallen away in the play-off chase, they still have a slight chance of securing a spot, if results go their way ahead of the final two weekends of the season.

Making 39 appearances this year, Lenihan has earned himself international recognition, and has also scored twice for Tony Mowbray’s side this term.

Whether he stays or not may depend on the outcome of Blackburn’s finish to the season, with Newcastle, Leeds, Aston Villa, Wolves and Everton all reportedly interested in the Co. Meath native.

A Premier League switch looks likely.

Richard Keogh – Blackpool

At the other end of the scale, experienced campaigner Richard Keogh’s contract at Blackpool is up at the end of the season.

While 35 years of age, Keogh has established himself as a key man in the Tangerines squad this term, with his experience proving to be key.

Recently, reports have suggested that he may be tempted with a return to Derby County under new ownership, but Blackpool would be smart to keep him at the club for another year.

He may not play an awful lot, but he has the experience, and ability to hold his own in the Championship.

Callum O’Dowda – Bristol City

A one-time regular fixture in Ireland international squads, Callum O’Dowda finds himself out of contract at the end of the season at Bristol City.

Injuries have proved to be his achilles’ heel all season, having not played for Nigel Pearson’s side since February, when he was forced off just 20 minutes after being introduced as a sub.

Jordan Shipley – Coventry

A former Ireland U21 international, long-serving Coventry City midfielder Jordan Shipley is expected to see his contract run out at the end of the season for the Sky Blues.

After making his senior debut for the club in 2016, Shipley has been a part of Coventry’s side during their rise through the leagues, from League Two back to the Championship.

It does, however, look likely that he may have reached the end of his spell at the club, even if he has contributed at times this season in the Championship.

Eiran Cashin & Louie Watson – Derby County

At Derby, Ireland U21 duo Eiran Cashin and Louie Watson see their respective deals at the club expire at the end of the season.

While the Rams possess an opportunity to extend both deals by another 12 months, the club are unable to do so yet, given the transfer embargo in place on the club.

American Chris Kirchner has been announced as a preferred bidder, so perhaps that may go through sooner rather than later, but Derby are in a race against time to secure the futures of their prized young assets.

Cashin may be viewed as the priority to keep at Pride Park, although Watson has featured at times this season for Wayne Rooney’s side.

Should one of the two leave, or both, they are likely to be joined by Jason Knight, who is unlikely to be playing League One football next year.

Alex Pearce – Millwall

Former Ireland international Alex Pearce also sees his current deal at Millwall expire at the end of June.

Formerly of Reading, Pearce has made seven senior international caps for the Boys in Green, and has played over 50 times for Millwall since joining the Lions in 2019.

While a popular figure at the Den, Pearce is expected to leave the club at the end of the season, with manager Gary Rowett suggesting as much just two week’s ago.

It is unclear where the 33-year-old will end up at the start of next season.

Keiren Westwood – QPR

Having been on the lookout for a new club for quite a spell, Keiren Westwood’s stint at QPR is expiring at the end of June.

Westwood, however, has played in six of the R’s last seven games, but will not be kept on at the West London outfit.

David McGoldrick – Sheffield United

And finally, former Irish international David McGoldrick is set to leave Sheffield United.

There may also be movement on the future of Conor Hourihane, who is on loan at the club from Aston Villa, with it being widely suggested that he is set to leave Steven Gerrard’s side.

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