There was a flurry of transfer activity in the League of Ireland Premier Division on Tuesday afternoon as a number of players were confirmed to have changed clubs.
By far the busiest of the lot were Derry City, who confirmed the arrivals of Gavin Peers, Armin Aganovic, David Hopkirk, John Cofie & Conor Agnew.
— Derry City FC (@derrycityfc) November 28, 2017
Peers will be well-known to fans having played for St. Patrick’s Athletic, and Aganovic played for Galway United in 2016 before joining Raufuss last year, but the other three might be something of an unknown quantity to some.
Hopkirk, a former Scotland U21 international, was known to manager Kenny Shiels when the Candystripes boss as in charge of Greenock Morton, and joins from Dunfermline while Agnew, a 23-year-old American midfielder, has signed after a successful trial at the club.
Cofie, and ex-England U17 international, has joined from Stalybridge Celtic and has probably had the most intriguing route of all of the new arrivals into the league. Manchester United paid a reported £1m for his services when he was just 14 a decade ago, although he was a member of the successful youth squad along with the likes of Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard, he ultimately failed to make the grade at Old Trafford.
Dundalk, meanwhile, have arguably made the biggest signing of the day. The Lilywhites have recruited in-demand forward Ronan Murray from Galway United, to join fellow new arrivals Stephen Folan, Dean Jarvis and Patrick Hoban.
— Dundalk FC (@DundalkFC) November 28, 2017
With uncertainty regarding the futures of the likes of David McMillan and Patrick McEleney, signing new players early was vital to allay any potential fan angst and particularly with title rivals Cork City signing so many early on.
To Shamrock Rovers next, and the mooted move Ethan Boyle from Finn Harps has now been made official.
— Shamrock Rovers F.C. (@ShamrockRovers) November 28, 2017
The versatile Ireland U21 international announced his departure from Finn Park just several days ago, and become the Hoops’ second signing of the winter after that of Greg Bolger from Cork City.
One player who has already left Tallaght, meanwhile, is defender Dave Webster. The 28-year-old departed recently after three years at the club, but has found a new home with newly-promoted Waterford.
✍️WEBSTER JOINS: We are delighted to announce that the club has secured the signature of defender David Webster ahead of the 2018 SSE Airtricity League Premier Division campaign.
— Waterford FC (@WaterfordFCie) November 28, 2017
The deal is another example of shrewd business from the First Divison champions, following the earlier acquisitions of Bastien Hery and Ismahil Akinade from Limerick and Bohemians respectively.
In this week’s episode of the Mixer Irish Football Podcast, we chat to David Cawley about his recent return to Sligo Rovers from Galway United, we look at the proposed promotion/relegation structure in the First Divison as well as recap all of the latest domestic news.