One thing that keeps us entertained during the off season is the movement of players from one club to another. Lots of clubs do their utmost to try and keep their best players whilst being eager to improve their own squad and bring in some new faces. I will now go through what I feel have been some of the best signings of the transfer window so far.
For Dundalk they have signed one of the best left backs in the league, if not the best in Darragh Leahy. They’ve also added Greg Slogett after he had a very impressive year at Derry City. Will Patching has also signed for the Town. His name might not be known to many but given his underage playing history for England, he could turn out to be a great player. One things for sure, all will provide great competition to an already packed Dundalk squad.
For Shamrock Rovers, they haven’t been quite as active as their title rivals with only one notable signing of late in Ireland U21 international Liam Scales. Some might say that Rovers’ defence was probably their strongest position last season but Scales will only add to it. He supplies great versatility as he can play left or centre back.
Across the Liffey and onto Bohs, what they’ve done really well so far is kept the majority of their squad from last season. They’ve brought back 2018 stars Dan Casey and Jj Lunney which will please the Bohs fans. Glen McAuley could also add plenty of goals to a foward like that seems to fail unless Dinny Cochran is there. They’ve also been forced to bring in Longford Town left back Anto Breslin given Leahy’s departure but the Gypsies squad for next season is looking stronger than ever.
Sligo have managed to pick up Gary Buckley from Cork and he’ll add a wealth of experience and calmness to a young enough Rovers side under Liam Buckley.
Cian Coleman has signed back for his hometown club Cork City after successful spells are Limerick and St Pats. He’ll be a great asset to their midfield given Gary Buckley and Conor McCormack have left.
St Pats have been very active in the window signing UCD graduates Robbie Benson and Conor Kearns. Benson will be happy to have a former Dundalk teammate as his manager now. Young Conor Kearns looks to be fighting for the number one spot. They’ve also recently added Shane Griffin and if he can perform to his maximum he’ll be lethal down the left wing.
Derry City have also recruited well, adding Walter Figueira who was one of a few players to shine for Waterford last season. Former Chelsea U18 captain Conor Clifford may not have hit the heights he would have hoped for at previous clubs here but Declan Devine could supply him with the platform to flourish.
Shelbourne have added a top professional and proven goalscorer in Karl Sheppard and he could be crucial to them staying up or not.
Waterford seem to be lacking in funds this season so they were always going to be quiet enough in the off season but Graham Cummins could add some goals to that side after signed. Sam Bone has also joined permanently after leaving Shamrock Rovers.
Finn Harps are the only club in the Premier Division not to make a big signing of note so far but they’ve resigned a good few of last seasons heroes in Mark Coyle, Sam Todd, Mark Anthony McGinley and Ruairi Harkin.