24-year-old striker Padraig Amond has put pen to paper on a one year deal with Accrington Stanley, while two League of Ireland starlets are set for a move across the water
Former Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers striker Padraig Amond has completed a permanent move to League Two side Accrington Stanley after being released by Pacos de Ferreira.
The Republic of Ireland under-21 international moves to the Crown Ground on a free transfer after the Portuguese club decided against renewing his contract over wage issues. He has signed a one-year contract with the Reds, where he spent last season on-loan.
During the 2011-12 campaign, the Carlow-born forward scored nine times for Accrington Stanley and was voted Supporters' Player of the Year at the end of the season. He links up with his former Sligo boss Paul Cook as well as Reading loanee Karl Sheppard.
"I'm delighted to be back at the club. It was a bit weird going back to the club in Portugal for pre-season, the manager really wanted me but the president didn't, he had some issue with me over wages" he told the Evening Herald.
"The manager was told not to pick me, I trained for three weeks on my own, I would warm up with the lads but then just watch training and that was hard to take," he said.
Amond spent two years in Portugal after signing for Pacos in September 2011 from Sligo Rovers. He scored in his second appearance for the club before playing seventeen times for Os Castores.
"But I enjoyed it over there, it was a great experience and a great learning curve and I can now say that I played in the Portuguese Premier League. I enjoyed my time with Accrington last year, I have worked under the gaffer a couple of times and he's a great manager." Amond concluded.
Meanwhile, Peterborough have handed Waterford United striker Sean Maguire a trial after impressing for the Airtricity League First Division side.
The 18-year-old has been one of the Blues' best players this season and made a goalscoring appearance as Posh reserves were beaten by West Brom on Wednesday.
Elsewhere, UCD midfielder Paul Corry has been heavily linked with a move across the Irish Sea in recent weeks and the Belfield club have confirmed the Irish under-21 international might have played his last game for the Students.
The 21-year-old turned down a contract with Championship side Burnley a couple of seasons ago to conclude his studies and was also the attention of interest from Brighton last summer with more eye-catching performances this campaign putting Corry in the limelight.
According to reports Sheffield Wednesday are looking to capture the player and sources believe that he is on the Championship club’s radar as they prepare for the new season. However Corry is unmoved on the speculation and insists he remains a UCD player. "We’ll just have to see what happens” Corry said.