The final FAI Cup teams were annihilated as clubs struggled to keep stars in the League of Ireland.

REALLY FREQUENTLY, you have to let an adequate amount of time pass before embarking on ‘where are they now?’ Piece.

This is the Irish league, less than two months have passed since the FAI Cup final and it still doesn’t seem too early to look at the starting lineup and chart their moves since.

Vitezslav Jaros has returned to Liverpool from St Pat's


Vitezslav Jaros has returned to Liverpool from St Pat’s
Ross Tierney has left Bohs and joined Motherwell


Ross Tierney has left Bohs and joined Motherwell

Migration from those two clubs, and others, has prompted some players from abroad to move in.

That has raised questions about the league’s ability to sustain the loss of such talent without sacrificing quality and whether our player path will function as it should. .

As for the St Pat’s winners, five players have certainly left the club.

The sixth, Matty Smith, is unlikely to return even if his alternatives aren’t as great as he might have expected.

A seventh player, Darragh Burns, could still leave if Hibernian is serious about making an offer for the winger.

Remember this is a club that sold Martin Boyle to Al-Faisaly for £3m last week. If they really see Burns as having the potential to replace Boyle, you’d expect that to be reflected in any subsequent bids.


As for the Bohemians, only three of their players – Ross Tierney, Rob Cornwall and Andy Lyons – have actually joined other clubs.

At least Lyons stays in the league, signed with Shamrock Rovers yesterday.

Keith Buckley may have left the door open for him to wear a red and black shirt again but it won’t be this year after he moves to Australia. Georgie Kelly is still without a new club but there’s no shortage of offers either while people breathed a sigh of relief around Dalymount Park over the weekend when Dawson Devoy decided he didn’t want to join MK Dons.

However, no one should open bottles of champagne when there are only six days left until the transfer window.

Having previously cut his term with Watford short and now deciding to move to Milton Keynes, Devoy is clearly not desperate to take advantage of the first opportunity that comes his way.

Such is his obvious talent, however, that suitors will constantly knock on his door and, in the end, you’d expect him to find the right one.


All in all, that means both clubs have lost their team’s spine. Since Tim Clancy has replaced Stephen O’Donnell at Richmond Park, some staffing changes are inevitable.

And, for Keith Long, the experience of trying to rebuild a team has become a familiar one, although he must hope that the club’s improved off-field situation will lead to stability. more determined on the formation front.

But arguing that clubs are solely responsible for themselves because of the popularity of 12-month contracts is too simplistic.

At the PFA Ireland awards ceremony in November, president Brendan Clarke highlighted the fact that 75% of players are out of contract after the season ends.

It is without a doubt a historical outlier of European leagues and the main reason behind it is the fact that clubs cannot plan for next week, never mind next year.

And, yes, the vast majority of players, especially the older ones, want the security of long-term transactions.


However, for young, ambitious players, they are seen as an obstacle to career growth.

They’re not complaining about 12 month deals, they’re emphasizing them.

Talk to most clubs and they will be able to cite examples of being offered contracts for more than a year but were turned down by players or their agents.

It’s a gamble, of course, but if you have the right background in terms of age, talent and ability to be picked abroad to play in a bigger stage with a better salary, then you can That conclusion is one worth taking part in.

Those preparing to put pen to paper on a new deal will almost certainly require a buyback clause.

This is nothing new in the Irish League – both Kevin Doyle and Seán Maguire left Cork City for a modest fee – but is once again under scrutiny because of Johnny Kenny’s move to Celtic.


The announcement that Kenny had signed a three-year contract with Sligo Rovers in November is being hailed as a watershed moment in how clubs protect their assets.

Within two months he was tied up in Glasgow with an initial sum of €150,000. There are also performance-related bonuses built in but, again, Doyle’s deal includes them, even if they’re cheaply paid in cash afterwards.

Reading’s €117,000 upfront payment to Doyle is worth €140,000 in today’s money. It is difficult to make a convincing argument for the progress the league has made when the outstanding young talent earns only 10,000 euros compared to 16½ years ago.

John Mahon also left Sligo after his six-figure buyback clause was met by St Johnstone, who picked up free Dan Cleary from Dundalk.

With James Brown, Cian Phillips and Daniel O’Reilly leaving Drogheda United and only Philips bringing in revenue as compensation from Crystal Palace, it’s a lot of talent leaving these shores with meager profits.

It is proving to be an extremely difficult cycle to break but is something that will have to change if increased spending on player development is to prove viable. An investment must be able to yield a return.


Therefore, the transfer activity in the upcoming season leads to the inevitable conclusion that managers do not believe there is enough talent to move up from Under-19 football to fill the gap.

Not for the first time, people talk about the need for a U21, U23 or B tournament to close the gap with first-class football.

Meanwhile, the Bohs have taken Ryan Cassidy, JJ McKiernan and Grant Horton – all aged 19 or 20 – on loan from clubs in England to try to replace some of the departed.


Ryan Cassidy (Watford)
JJ McKiernan (Watford)
Grant Horton (Cheltenham)

Mark Connolly (Dundee United)
Daniel Williams (Swansea City)

Adam O’Reilly (Preston North End)
Jack Scott (Werewolf)

Lewis Webb (Swansea City)

St Pat’s have signed temporary contracts with 20-year-old Adam O’Reilly and 19-year-old Jack Scott and it is expected that will be how they find a replacement for goalkeeper Vitezlsav Jaros.

The offshore market, both for loans and permanent transfers, is one of the markets O’Donnell put to good use at St Pat’s.

Bringing in Jaros and Alfie Lewis is a win-win arrangement.

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At Dundalk, he recruited Daniel Williams from Swansea City and Mark Connolly from Dundee United, although the Clone man is a seasoned professional unlike the others.

The STATSports club owner’s ties to Brentford have also seen Nathan Sheppard and Joe Adams sever ties with that club’s B team in an attempt to kick in Oriel Park.

With Williams, Sheppard and Adams international teammate Lewis Webb teaming up with Shelbourne, it’s now a strange prospect for the Premier Division in 2022 to have more Under-21 players present for Wales than Ireland.

And, whatever the short-term benefit the clubs get from those players, it hardly helps the league’s overall standing.

It sucks to develop your own players for meager rewards without doing it for someone else to kick off. The final FAI Cup teams were annihilated as clubs struggled to keep stars in the League of Ireland.

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