Three days into the January transfer window and a number of Irish players are already on the move in what’s set to be a busy month.
Striker Cillian Sheridan, whose contract was recently terminated by Polish side Jagiellonia Bialystok, has moved to New Zealand outfit Wellington Phoenix in what is the 10th club of his career.
The 29-year old completed a medical with the A-league club on Wednesday and this represents another challenge for Sheridan who has won three caps for Ireland.
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— Wellington Phoenix (@WgtnPhoenixFC) January 2, 2019
“To play in another country with different challenges is always appealing to me,” Sheridan told the club’s website.
“I have followed the Hyundai A-League and Wellington Phoenix are playing an attractive style and for a footballer you want to enjoy your football and what Mark Rudan is doing, really sold it to me.”
Closer to home, another former Irish international Damien Delaney has found a new club following his release from Cork City.
The defender has been snapped up by fellow premier division side Waterford FC as Alam Reynolds looks to bolster his squad for the upcoming season.
Delaney has played for the likes of Crystal Palace, Ipswich and Hull City and will get the opportunity to play in the Europa League with Reynolds’ side.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” the 37-year-old told Waterford FC.ie. “I spoke to Alan and he told me the plans he has for the club and what he wants to do here and I want to be part of it.
“I played against the club last season of course and the pitch is excellent and they were a good footballing side, and I feel I still have a lot to give so it’s great to be able to come in.
“Europe is massive for the club, too. The club did so well last season and deserve to be playing in Europe in 2019. I feel I can contribute to that and I’m really happy to do so.”
Elsewhere in the league, Dundalk winger Dylan Connolly’s departure from the club was confirmed as the 23-year old makes the move to League One strugglers AFC Wimbledon.
In a statement, the club said. “Dundalk FC would like to thank Dylan for his hard work, commitment and professionalism during his time at the club and we wish him well in all his future endeavours.”
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Wally Downes has made his first signing as Wimbledon manager with winger Dylan Connolly joining for an undisclosed fee from @DundalkFC, subject to international clearance. More to follow soon. pic.twitter.com/MvO4BK2BJD
— AFC Wimbledon (@AFCWimbledon) January 3, 2019