Irish players generally avoided the hustle and bustle of the January sales with only a few on the move in England
By Ryan Kelly
On an occasion renowned for wall-to-wall coverage, accompanied by frantic reportage that makes you wonder just how it is possible to stay up-to-date with all the breaking news, it was a relatively serene Transfer Deadline Day for Irish footballers.
Despite the widespread reports of imminent moves for Spartak Moscow's Aiden McGeady and Wolves duo Kevin Doyle and Stephen Ward, very few Irish players actually transferred clubs. Wolves rejected offers from Celtic for Doyle, while Nottingham Forest's interest in Ward was frankly rebuffed.
McGeady's move to Wigan collapsed, with a dejected Roberto Martinez conceding that a move would not materialise. "It's not going to happen," said the Wigan boss late last night. "Aiden is a phenomenal footballer, but is a footballer that is playing his football in Russia. I don't think that's going to change."
Nevertheless, there was a ripple of activity, with West Ham goalkeeper Stephen Henderson extending his loan spell with Ipswich Town and Stoke City midfielder Rory Delap agreeing to join Barnsley on loan. Elsewhere, Former Cork City star Roy O'Donovan joined Northampton Town from Coventry on a free transfer and another alumnus of Cork, Darren Murphy, moved from Port Vale to Macclesfield Town.
Fresh from his under-21 international call up Cian Bolger was snapped up by Bolton, joining the Trotters for an undisclosed fee from Leicester City and one-time Irish international Jon Macken moved to Stockport County from Northwich Victoria. Meanwhile, there was, unfortunate news for former Cork City defender Alan Bennett, as the Ireland international was released by Cheltenham Town.