Students add 'keeper Barron to squad

UCD have strengthened their squad for the fast-approaching Airtricity League season with the news that shot-stopper Ger Barron has signed a new deal with the Belfield club

UCD have re-signed goalkeeper Ger Barron ahead of the new season while Stephen Kenny continues to build his Dundalk side for the 2013 campaign with the capture of midfielder John Sullivan.

Barron has made 67 appearances for the Students since joining in 2008 but experienced a frustrating twelve months as a persistent toe injury restricted his playing time.

The Limerick native, who had a spell with Glasgow Celtic in 2007, played just nine games in 2012 and admitted he’s counting the days down till the Belfield side get their new campaign underway away at Bohemians.

“Last year was a difficult season for me personally with my foot injury that ruled me out for the bulk of the season, luckily now I've no injury worries and feel great so with a good pre-season under the belt I’ll be fighting fit for the 2013 season.” He told

“I'm delighted to sign back with UCD AFC, it's a great club that has been very good to me, this will be my fifth season with the club so hopefully it's a successful one for all involved.” The 23-year-old added.

Manager Martin Russell also expressed his delight at the news.

“I’m delighted Ger has re-signed for the new season and we look forward to him having a positive year on the back of lasts season’s injury plagued one. He is a great influence on the squad in terms of both training and games and we wish him a trouble free year.”

The club revealed that they will announce news of further transfer activity tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Dundalk have added a further player to their squad for the Airtricity League season with the signing of John Sullivan from local rivals Drogheda United.

The 22-year-old, who spent time in Scotland at Hamilton Academical, will give manager Stephen Kenny additional midfield and defensive options.

Speaking to the club’s website, Sullivan revealed his mind was made up as soon as the former Shamrock Rovers boss got in touch.  “I was very eager to sign as soon as Stephen rang me and told me about his plans. I was very impressed with the quality of signings that Stephen made.

“The fact that I know most of the lads will make it easier to settle and for the team to gel.” He added.

Sullivan becomes the fourteenth player to put pen to paper on a deal at Oriel Park for the upcoming season with further signings expected in the coming days.

The League of Ireland season kicks off on Friday 8th March.