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Five Marquee Signings That Could Light Up The League Of Ireland

PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12: David Forde of Portsmouth celebrates his teams third goal during the Sky Bet League Two match between Portsmouth and Mansfield Town at Fratton Park on November 12, 2016 in Portsmouth, England. (Photo by Harry Murphy/Getty Images)

The League of Ireland close-season has seen some impressive signings recently. With players like Conor Clifford and Paddy McCourt entering the league this season, some other potential recruitments could light up the Premier Division. 

One of the major stumbling blocks for League of Ireland clubs in the past have been down to wage demands but signings of Damien Duff’s ilk have shown that some arrangements can be possible.

The following list of players features some individuals who could be a good fit for the league and may be available under certain circumstances.

Although wages would be the downfall of any of these potential moves, these players could add some spice and profile to the League of Ireland, which has attracted more high profile players this term.

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David Forde

Having been loaned out to Portsmouth by Millwall, the Ireland fan favourite could be approaching the end of his career in League 2.

PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14: David Forde of Portsmouth celebrates his team's second goal during the Sky Bet League Two match between Portsmouth and Leyton Orient at Fratton Park on January 14, 2017 in Portsmouth, England. (Photo by Harry Murphy/Getty Images)

Having played in the league for Derry City and Galway United, Forde would be welcomed home with open arms having starred for both clubs before his brief, but impressive, Ireland career.

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Aaron Doran

Having burst onto the scene as an exciting teenager in the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers, Doran has been at Inverness Caledonian Thistle since 2011.

Once a key player for Cally, Doran now sees himself out of the team under ex-Shelbourne man Richie Foran. The Corkman is a pacy player who could benefit from a move back home.

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Leon Best

After being told that he would not play again for Ipswich by Mick McCarthy, the League of Ireland could be a suitable option for the journeyman.

Having played schoolboy football in Dublin, Best may fancy a return to play domestically in the country he represented seven times under Giovanni Trapattoni.

Leon Best - getty

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Anthony Stokes

A man whose wage demands seemed to scupper a move to Poland but a move back to Ireland could be the best thing for Stokes.

BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Anthony Stokes of Blackburn Rovers shoots past Sergio Romero of Manchester United, but the goal is disallowed during The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United at Ewood Park on February 19, 2017 in Blackburn, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Having been deemed surplus to requirements at Celtic, where he was prolific, Stokes flirted with the second tier of Scottish football and looks to be heading for the third tier in England. The League of Ireland would be no shame for a man who desperately needs to resurrect his career.

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Robbie Keane

Keane has been subject of much speculation since leaving LA Galaxy at the end of the Premier League season. One of the natural links was to Shamrock Rovers who are based in his hometown of Tallaght.

BORDEAUX, FRANCE - JUNE 18: Robbie Keane of Republic of Ireland applauds supporters during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E match between Belgium and Republic of Ireland at Stade Matmut Atlantique on June 18, 2016 in Bordeaux, France. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

Although Keane seems to have distanced himself from a move to the Hoops, Damien Duff’s stint at the club would be a similar move for Keane, who is nearing the end of his career.

Nick Menezes, Pundit Arena

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Author: Nick Menezes

Nick is a soccer, GAA and rugby fanatic who has a worrying obsession with the Irish football team. His articles focus on Irish football and he also writes some light-hearted pieces, particularly quirky starting XIs.