Drogheda United have announced their fourth and fifth signings of the transfer window in the shape of midfielder Robert Bayly and striker Ger Pender.
Following the departure of attacking trio Daryl Kavanagh, Matthew Rooney and Michael Scott, followed by the more recent departure of defender Neil Yadolahi, Drogheda boss Johnny McDonnell was left with a number of gaps to fill and that he has now done.
First in the door at United Park was young defender Manny Kaguako, who previously played for Dundalk before moving to England to study.
Kaguako was quickly followed by another young player, 20 year-old midfielder James Daly, who made his debut in the recent Louth Derby defeat, coming on as a late substitute. Daly was signed from Metropolitan Police F.C. of the Isthmian League Premier Division in England. Daly also played underage football at QPR.
Next in for the Boynesiders’ was Bob McKenna. The signing of McKenna has yet to be announced by the club but the 21 year-old former Dundalk forward has returned from America and has now joined Johnny McDonnell’s side.
Midfielder Robert Bayly has now been announced as the fourth player to join Drogheda in recent weeks. The 27 year-old former Shamrock Rovers, Bohemians, Longford and Shelbourne man has most recently been playing in Northern Ireland with Cliftonville and will look to challenge the positions of Sean Thornton, Stephen Maher and Sean Brennan in the Drogheda midfield. Speaking about Bayly to www.droghedaunited.ie, McDonnell said,
“Robert will bring a lot of experience and quality to the side. He is a natural centre midfielder while he can also play the number 10 role.”
Ger Pender has become the fifth player to sign during the window, signing for Drogheda from First Division side Cabinteely. The 21 year old had been impressive for Cabinteely this season, scoring three goals so far this season. He was also arguably Cabinteely’s best player against Drogheda when the sides met in the FAI Cup earlier this season. Speaking to the lcub website, McDonnell said Pender gives his side a different option up front,
“Gerald is a different striking option to what we already have in the squad. He is very capable at holding the ball up and bringing others into play.”
Gerard Grimes, Pundit Arena.