They’re not going away.
US and UK backed Irish Sea FC Ltd have claimed that they will make another attempt at establishing a League of Ireland club, having missed out on a spot at the start of the 2021 season.
Earlier this week, the club said via their social media channels that they would be ‘delighted’ to be invited to enter a side into the First Division next season.
A source close to the proposal has also told Pundit Arena that they are ‘definitely’ making another attempt at entering the League of Ireland, although it will be in a county outside of Dublin.
Irish Sea FC Ltd eye another shot at League of Ireland football.
In February, complications surrounding the lease of Morton Stadium put pay to Irish Sea FC Ltd’s hope of entering the League of Ireland.
And in a seperate interview to Irish Footy Vlogs, Dennis Lukens, the public face of the proposal, revealed that their last entity – Dublin County FC – were hours away from being entered into the First Division.
That was, however, until they were informed that they would not be granted the use of Morton Stadium – leaving them without a ground to play.
That ultimately led to the application for a license being rejected, but they are back, and are willing to look elsewhere to establish a new League of Ireland club.
Lukens also claimed in the above interview that the proposal could have been salvaged if they were given a few more hours, as they hunted down a new stadium.
By the time they did, it was too late, with the FAI’s board already voting on the make-up of the League of Ireland First Division season.
Irish Sea FC Ltd.
As a result, the consortium have looked elsewhere, and “are praying’ that they [the FAI] do the right thing” regarding their proposal for the new season.
Should that be rejected, however, the source close to the entity also stressed that “We are definitely making another attempt.
“We will resubmit [another] application. Hopefully, they will reconsider.”
Irish Sea FC LTD is ready to make an application to enter the League of Ireland First Division.
We would be delighted to be invited by the FAI and LOI to participate in an “Expression of Interest” to enter the LOI First Division.
— Dublin County FC (@DublinCountyFC1) December 3, 2021
As it stands, it has been reported that the First Division will be composed of nine teams ahead of the 2022 season, with 32 games set to be played by each team.
The second-tier has reduced in size as it stands following the amalgamation of Bray Wanderers and Cabinteely, with the First Division Alliance opting against the introduction of Shamrock Rovers II into the league.
It is unclear, however, when the composition of the 2022 season will be ratified.