Darius in search for striker before transfer window shuts

Dundalk caretaker manager Darius Kierans is hopeful of signing at least one more player in this the final week of the transfer window as he looks to England to bolster his squad for the crucial league run-in.

Dundalk caretaker manager Darius Kierans is hopeful of signing at least one more player in this the final week of the transfer window as he looks to England to bolster his squad for the crucial league run-in.

With the return of central midfielder Stephen Maher to the club finally confirmed last week, Kierans is continuing his search for a striker, as the Lilywhites look to lift themselves off the foot of the Premier Division table.

A goalkeeper is also on his wish list after his move for Dundalk native Paul Murphy fell through on Friday due to an issue with his transfer from Northern Ireland where he had last been playing with Carrick Rangers in the Irish League.

The transfer window closes this Friday, with the 33-year-old actively seeking additions as the squad prepare for huge games against Drogheda United and UCD over the next two weekends.

Kierans recently missed out on former Sligo Rovers striker and Blackpool native Matthew Blinkhorn who signed for English Conference club Hyde.

But as he chases other options – with current front two Michael Rafter and Mark Griffin having netted just nine goals between them this term – Kierans insists he will only sign players that are “right for the club”.

“We’re looking for players,” he said. “There’s nothing definite yet. As I said before, it has got to be right for the club. We’re not going to be rushed into anything.

“We’re looking at players in England. A lot of players over there are waiting until the transfer deadline and are trying to get clubs.

“We have only ten weeks left here, so you’re looking for a player to come over from England for ten weeks.

“It’s difficult – we’re looking, but, again, it has to be right for the club and it has to be right for ourselves.”

Explaining the situation surrounding Murphy, who looked set for a third spell at Oriel Park, Kierans added: “Paul was an amateur. We spoke to the FAI and we were under the illusion that we could sign an amateur player.

“Paul’s last club was in Northern Ireland so that became a bit of a problem.

“It’s unfortunate and disappointing to lose Paul. He’s a cracking lad and he would have been a great asset to the club, but unfortunately we’re going to have to look elsewhere.”