Soccer Shorts

JEFF Kenna has set his sights on silverware after leaving Galway United to become the new manager at St. Patrick's Athletic. Kenna has appointed former Canadian international Paul Peschiosolido as his assistant . . . SPORTING Fingal are favorites for the new League of Ireland First Division title after signing Stephen Paisley from St. Pat's along with Gary O'Neill, Eamon Zayed, Shaun Maher, Darren Quigley and Shane McFaul . . . PAUL McShane has returned to Sunderland from his loan spell at Hull. Liam Miller has left the club and signed for QPR . . . DECLAN O'Brien has completed his move from Drogheda to Dundalk, while manager Sean Connor has appointed the former Celtic striker Joe Miller as his new assistant at Oriel Park . . . SLIGO Rovers have completed a deal to sign striker Stephen Parkhouse from Finn Harps and have agreed a new contract with midfielder Conor O'Grady . . . SHAMROCK Rovers have re-signed winger Shane Robinson from Drogheda United with Ollie Cahill and Stephen Bradley also moving to Tallaght . . . STEVE Finnan's proposed move from Espanyol to Hull City broke down when he failed his medical as a result of a long running thigh injury . . . MERVUE United will play their First Division games at Terryland Park in the new season when they will ground share with Galway United . . . WIGAN want Irish winger Stephen Hunt from Reading after selling Kevin Kilbane to Hull City. Spurs are also keen on Hunt . . . NEW Cork City boss Paul Doolin has signed his former goalkeeper Dan Connor from Drogheda United on a one-year contract . . . QPR's Irish captain Martin Rowlands has suffered a serious cruciate knee ligament injury and may not play again this season . . . WATERFORD United have signed goalkeeper Mick Devine from Cork City and defender Kevin Murray from Cobh Ramblers . . . IAN Foster has taken over as manager at Galway United following the departure of Jeff Kenna to St. Patrick's Athletic . . . RICHIE Baker, Stuart Byrne, Paul Keegan and Ger Rowe are in talks with Bohemians about moves to Dalymount Park . . . JOHN Gill will be in the frame as soon as Drogheda United get the all clear to find a manager for the new season . . . VETERAN defender Colm Tresson has agreed to play on for at least one more season with Bray Wanderers . . . WOLVES defender Stephen Ward faces a fortnight on the sidelines after he chipped a bone in his shoulder . . . ENGLISHMAN Dave Hill, a former player with the club, is the new manager of Cobh Ramblers . . . WOLVES and Ireland midfielder Darren Potter has joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan . . . BLACKPOOL'S Irish striker Ben Burgess could be out for months with a knee injury . . . IPSWICH have im-proved their new contract offer to Irish defender Alex Bruce . . . JAY Tabb has moved from Coventry to Reading for an undisclosed sum . . . DEREK O'Brien has returned to Galway United from St. Patrick's Athletic . . . IRELAND are up one spot to 37th in the latest FIFA world rankings.

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