Feely leads possible League of Ireland exodus

Kevin Feely is aiming to impress Charlton boss Chris Powell after moving to England, as a number of other League of Ireland stars are set to move cross-channel
Former Bohemians defender Kevin Feely is aiming to make an impact in the Championship after joining Charlton Athletic, while a host of fellow League of Ireland players have also been linked with moves to England.

Feely will officially join Charlton on January 1, but has already moved to London in order to force his way into manager Chris Powell's plans. "It's a big step, going from the league at home to the Championship, but I have had a bit of time at the club already and I certainly feel I can make an impact in the first team here before the end of the season," Feely told the Evening Herald.

"It's going to be hard to make it into the first team over here but I know it can be done. You had someone like Keith Fahey, who came from St Pat's and went straight into the first team at Birmingham without any bother, so I'd be hoping to follow the example of someone like Keith."

Feely isn't the only player set to be poached from the League of Ireland however, with many youngsters being given trials cross-channel. Waterford duo Sean Maguire and Craig Burns have been linked with West Ham United and Barnsley respectively, with the Hammers refusing to comment when Goal.com enquired about Maguire's trial at Upton Park.

Burns has been linked with a move to Barnsley and MK Dons, while Aston Villa and Leeds United have both made enquiries about Longford Town full-back Thomas Crawley. Sheffield Wednesday have expressed an interest in Drogheda United midfielder Ryan Brennan, who could join former UCD star Paul Corry at Hillsborough.

Derry City's Barry McNamee and Stephen McLaughlin have also been on trial with Nottingham Forest during the week, with McLaughlin admitting that he was hopeful the two clubs could agree a deal.