Dundalk have completed the signing of centre-back Andy Boyle from Shelbourne as they continue to prepare for the new Airtricity Premier Division season while Liam Buckley has added two further players to his St Patrick's Athletic squad for 2013.
Twenty-one-year-old Boyle becomes Stephen Kenny’s sixth capture since taking the helm at Oriel Park at the end of November. The highly-rated defender spent two seasons at Shelbourne and helped the Drumcondra side reach the FAI Cup Final and secure promotion to the Premier Division in 2011.
The former UCD centre-back joins John Mountney, Eoghan Osbourne, Patrick Hoban, John Dillon and Keith Ward in committing themselves to the Lilywhites for 2013 while the club expect to announce more signings in the coming days.
Elsewhere, Liam Buckley has bolstered his ranks with the capture of goalkeeper Dave Ryan from Limerick and striker Conor Murphy from Derry City.
Ryan, who is an Ireland U16 and U17 international, moves to St Pat's after helping Limerick win the First Division crown last campaign. He had been with the club since 2007 but lost the number one shirt in recent seasons to his brother, Barry.
Murphy joins up with the Saints after spending just a couple of months with Derry. The 19-year-old enjoyed a short period at Championship club Middlesbrough before returning to Ireland and playing for Shamrock Rovers' under-20 side. The Monaghan-born forward joined Bray Wanderers for the 2011 season and scored a brace on his debut, netting eight goals in 28 appearances for the Seagulls in all.