Dundalk still waiting on Towell

Gavin McLaughlin


Gavin McLaughlin

Dundalk still waiting on Towell
Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny says the club are still in the dark regarding the future of midfielder Richie Towell.

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny says the club are still in the dark regarding the future of midfielder Richie Towell.

Towell returned from holidays at the weekend but has yet to decide on where he will play his football next season and, speaking on Monday, Kenny said he was unsure when the situation would be fully resolved.

“There is still no white smoke regarding Richie,” he said. “I am still a little bit in the dark about it. It’s something that has ebbed and flowed but we are not putting a deadline on it. We’ll just see how it pans out.”

The former Celtic midfielder has a number of offers from cross channel clubs but it is believed that Cardiff - who Towell visited on trial last month - is not one of them.

Closer to home, Kenny has agreed a deal to bring Bray Wanderers attacker Jake Kelly to the club. The 24-year-old made his debut for the Seagulls against Dundalk in 2008, scoring in a 3-1 win, and Kenny is excited at the prospect of working with the Dubliner.

“Jake can play in a variety of positions across the front line and has a great shot off his left foot. With Donal McDermott and Marc Griffin gone, we need players in those positions.”

“He is another player who has gone under the radar,” added Kenny. “Our signings haven’t been the most high profile but then again people weren’t jumping up and down when we were signing Patrick Hoban and Richie Towell.”

Two potential targets that could certainly be labelled as high profile are former Lilywhites terrace favourite Mark Quigley and Derry City hitman Rory Patterson. Monday’s Irish Independent had both players linked with a move to Oriel Park to replace Patrick Hoban but Kenny said that a move for a striker was some way off.

“We aren’t close to signing anybody there and I haven’t spoken to those two players,” he said.

“We have David McMillan, who we feel is capable of scoring a lot more goals, but we do want to add to that. We are widening our net and having a look to see what’s available elsewhere.”

Kenny also spoke about securing the services of John Mountney and Ruaidhri Higgins for another season, saying he was delighted to keep both midfielders.

“Keeping John was an easy decision from my point of view,” he said. “He is still only 21 and he made a great contribution last season.”

“Ruaidhri is another who made a big impact,” he continued. “He played in a number of big games for us last year and his football brain and composure is a big asset.”

They will be joined at Oriel Park next season by Shane Grimes, the local defender making his return to the club from Louth neighbours Drogheda United.

“Shane caught my attention when he was playing in the same back four with Brian Gartland at Monaghan United in the First Division.

“His stand out moment for me came in the FAI Cup final for Drogheda United against Sligo Rovers when he overlapped to set up Paul O’Conor’s goal in 2013. We like our full-backs high and wide and Shane has those attributes. He is athletic and has good technical ability.

“He is aware he will have to fight for his place but he has a great attitude and wants to improve. We got away with things last year because Dane Massey didn’t get injured so we needed another defender to in case that happens this time around.”