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Five Players To Watch Ahead Of The New League Of Ireland Season

Five Players To Watch Ahead Of The New League Of Ireland Season

5 Gamers To Watch Forward Of The New League Of Eire Season

After what felt like an limitless offseason, the Airtricity League Premier Division lastly returns on Friday night time with a number of eye-catching fixtures to kick-off the brand new marketing campaign.

There are narratives aplenty to delve into, with a number of gamers, some new to the division and a few a lot for acquainted to it, eager to impress.

Because the season kicks into gear, Match of Day takes a take a look at 5 gamers who could possibly be in for a giant Airtricity League marketing campaign.


1) Jack Byrne (Shamrock Rovers)

One of the crucial fascinating narratives forward of the brand new Airtricity League marketing campaign unquestionably surrounds Jack Byrne’s arrival at Shamrock Rovers.

Byrne was signed by the Dublin membership following a troublesome interval in Scotland with Kilmarnock the place he managed simply 5 appearances earlier than his launch.

Throughout his time at Manchester Metropolis, and his promising mortgage spell to the Eredivisie, Byrne was thought-about by many to be probably the most thrilling younger Irish skills within the sport, however he has did not reside as much as expectations regardless of having all of the talent on the earth to succeed.

Nonetheless simply 22 years of age, Byrne can use his spell at Rovers to revive his profession and will find yourself being one of many league’s best gamers ought to he discover the shape he confirmed throughout his spell at Cambuur in Holland.


2) Liam Scales (UCD)

One of the crucial promising younger skills within the league, 20-year previous UCD centre-back Liam Scales will probably be relishing the prospect to shine within the prime flight.

An incredible season within the college students’ title-winning marketing campaign noticed Scales included within the PFAI First Division Workforce of the Yr whereas additionally receiving a call-up to Stephen Kenny’s home-based U21s squad earlier this month.

UCD will undoubtedly have a job on their arms surviving within the Premier Division regardless of their eye-catching model of soccer and Scales will probably have his work reduce out for him irrespective of the opposition.

The 20-year previous had even reportedly caught the attention of champions Dundalk through the low season however fortunately for Collie O’Neill’s facet, Scales didn’t observe in Georgie Kelly’s footsteps and be a part of the Lilywhites.


3) Sean Murray (Dundalk)

One other new signing and one which, ought to he discover type and health, might find yourself being a stroke of genius, Sean Murray will try and revive his profession at Oriel Park.

75 Championship appearances for Watford and nonetheless solely 25 years of age, Murray brings a wealth of expertise and high quality to Dundalk’s midfield, with John Gill and Vinnie Perth the kind of coaches who might convey out the perfect of their new signing.

Murray had spells at Swindon, Colchester and even a stint in Denmark earlier than becoming a member of the champions and could possibly be an enormous asset of their bid to retain the title.

Good on the ball, with the power to create probabilities for his teammates, he’s an thrilling signing that brings an entire lot of upside.


4) Kevin O’Connor (Cork Metropolis)

“Kevin O’Connor is a giant enhance to have again as a result of he’s a top quality participant,” stated Cork Metropolis supervisor John Caulfield of his returning star on mortgage from Preston North Finish.

Caulfield is right, O’Connor will probably be a wonderful addition to a much-changed Metropolis squad which ended the final marketing campaign ten factors behind eventual champions Dundalk.

The 24-year previous already confirmed his high quality with a unbelievable free-kick towards Dundalk within the President’s Cup and could possibly be one among Caulfield’s most essential gamers all through the upcoming marketing campaign.

Often a defender however prone to be deployed in midfield such is his high quality, O’Connor will probably be seeking to refind the shape that acquired him the transfer to Deepdale.

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Turner's Cross, Cork 28/4/2017 Cork City vs Bray Wanderers Cork's Kevin O'Connor


5) Michael Duffy (Dundalk)

Final season’s PFAI Participant of the Yr, champions Dundalk have performed a unbelievable job in managing to maintain a maintain of the talismanic Michael Duffy.

13 objectives final season, Duffy was probably the most pivotal elements of a Dundalk staff that gained the double, snatching home glory from their nearest rivals Cork Metropolis.

The 24-year previous, who just lately declared for the Republic of Eire, will look to proceed to be the Lilywhites’ major inventive risk as he and prime scorer Pat Hoban attempt to rekindle their attacking chemistry.

A fairly apparent alternative, following his accolade-filled final marketing campaign however it is going to be fascinating to see if Duffy can proceed to develop on this Dundalk facet.