As SINCE rose from his youth coach role to take on the top job at Tolka Park, Damien Duff oversaw a massive transformation within the Shelbourne team.
In total, 12 came in the first team while 14 moved to the new pasture.
With the echo growing around Latest signings with Aaron O’Driscoll As they are linked with another Irish legend at Wes Hoolahan, there could be a few more new faces at the club by the time the new season kicks off on 18 February.
For now, here are all the senior players who have left and arrived by the revolving door in Tolka:
Arrivals (and the clubs they joined)
- Eric Molloy – Waterford
- Conor Kane – Drogheda United
- Aodh Dervin – Longford Town
- Shane Griffin – St. Pat’s
- Daniel Hawkins – Finn Harps
- Mark Coyle – Finn Harps
- Sean Boyd – Finn Harps
- Jack Moylan – Bohemians
- Stanley Anaebonam – Unknown
- Kameron Ledwidge – Southampton REMOVE
- Gavin Molloy – Bohemians . Academy
- Aaron O’Driscoll – Mansfield Town
Departure (and their new club)
- Michael O’Connor – Glentoran
- Kevin O’Connor – Cork . City
- Georgie Poynton – Drogheda United
- Ryan Brennan – Drogheda United
- Dayle Rooney – Drogheda United
- Ally Gilchrist – Cork City
- Maxim Kouogun – York City
- Yassine En-Neyah – Waterford
- Jack Brady – Treaty of United
- Denzil Fernandes – United Treaty
- Glen McAuley – Town of Athlone
- Sean Quinn – Tampa Spartans
- Jake Ellis – St Pat’s CYFC
- Alex O’Hanlon – St. Mochta
Among the notable names that have left is striker Michael O’Connor, who has scored seven goals and provided five assists in 25 appearances.
Kevin O’Connor and Georgie Poynton are also without starting full-backs.
Similarly, they have 25 appearances, each contributing 6 goals and 14 assists.
Perhaps most surprising of those witnessed was central midfielder Ryan Brennan.
In 28 games, he has scored 15 goals, so he will leave the big boots to fill.
Dayle Rooney often kicks off the left wing along with central defender Ally Gilchrist.
Duff has also brought in Joey O’Brien as his assistant after the veteran right-back decided to retire after a very successful couple of years back in Dublin with Shamrock Rovers.
The pair were teammates when O’Brien made his Ireland debut against Sweden in Steve Staunton’s first game in charge in March 2006 so they went back to each other.
DIPPING HIS TOE
The former Chelsea star will need to get his new players to bed quickly if they are to have a good result on opening night like they host the FAI Cup St Patrick’s Athletic who had a busy summer with Tim Clancy replacing power after Stephen O’Donnell left for Dundalk.
They will then have an immediate chance to catch up with the familiar trio of Poynton, Brennan and Rooney as they head to Louth to face Drogs.
This will be Duffer’s first senior job in management and when it was announced, many were surprised that such a big name would choose to start his career in the League of Ireland rather than try trying to get a job across the Irish Sea.
He initially turned down the role but after thinking about it felt he had to practice what he preached for his students in the club’s youth team.
MUST GO FOR IT
He explained: “Am I scared? Sure. Yes. Do I feel uncomfortable? Sure.
“But I’ve been teaching the kids since day one, my two kids, under-15 in Shamrock Rovers, 17-year-old in Shels, about showing personality, about courage, which they may be lacking sometimes.
“For me to say no on Friday, I lacked courage, I lacked personality.
“So over the weekend the board asked me to reconsider and I did and it was soul searching.
“I cannot preach to children or train children, whether men, women, or children, and then refuse. So that’s why I’m here.”
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