Towell staying will boost Dundalk but Drennan’s contract is a stumbling block

Dundalk shirtDundalk’s Stephen Kenny has had a busy off-season, that’s for sure.

Having won the Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Personality of the Year over the weekend, he looks like having one of his best players sign back for the club.

Key midfielder Richie Towell is set to stay with the reigning Airtricity League Champions after previously having trial with English Championship side Cardiff City, while talks fizzled out with Blackpool, despite the player’s interest.

“To be honest, I thought it was a certainty that he would be gone to Blackpool by now,” Kenny told the Dundalk Democrate last week.

“It would be all the better for us if he stays. There seems to be a lot of trouble at Blackpool so I think Richie is a bit unsure. I’ll see him and speak with him when I return from holidays this week.”

Towell isn’t the only player that Kenny is keen to have on board in 2015 as Aston Villa youth prospect Michael Drennan is on his target list, but problems have arisen.

Drennan, 20, is currently under contract at Villa and Kenny is trying his best to find a loophole to bring the Ireland youth player to Oriel Park.

The striker spent most of 2014 on loan at Portsmouth and also enjoyed a stint at Carlisle United.

Dundalk have bolstered their starting XI after luring want away midfielder Ronan Finn from Shamrock Rovers to Dundalk, reuniting him with former Hoops boss Kenny.

Finn always backed Kenny when he found himself under-fire at Tallaght, and recently spoke about his admiration for the Tallaght man.

Having lost Patrick Hoban to Oxford United, Kenny will be delighted to have club captain Steven O’Donnell signed on, despite him talking to Shamrock Rovers.

Rovers, having offered O’Donnell a deal to come back to Tallaght, were found rejected by the midfielder as he opted to stick with Dundalk after they helped him throughout his long term injury.

Dundalk have yet to directly replace Hoban and are still in the market to do so.

Having won the league last season, Dundalk are only going to strength to strength which is good for the league for not necessarily opposition fans.

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Alex Murray

Irish sports journalist. Following the ups and downs of the League of Ireland.

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