Dundalk season preview: New-look Lilywhites primed for success

The Lilywhites have undergone a transformation since narrowly avoiding relegation in 2012 and with Stephen Kenny at the helm, success is within the grasp of the Louth club

Richie Towell
Kurtis Byrne
Chris Shields
By Ciaran Ward

After struggling with financial issues throughout last season, Dundalk are preparing for a new term in the Airtricity Premier Division with Stephen Kenny at the helm.

The former Derry City and Dunfermline manager arrives at Oriel Park following an unsuccessful spell with Shamrock Rovers. Nonetheless, if Kenny can emulate his previous exploits with Derry City, then the Louth club could very well find themselves in contention for honours in 2013.

Dundalk have bolstered their first-team squad with a spate of new signings, including Republic of Ireland under-21 international Richie Towell and former Hibernian striker Kurtis Byrne, while former St Patrick's Athletic trio, Darren Meenan, Vinny Faherty and Mark Rossiter have also joined the ranks.

'The Town' were lucky not to slip through the cracks and into the First Division last November, when two Michael Rafter strikes in the relegation playoff against Waterford United ensured that the decorated club remained at the top table of Irish football.

Kenny has assembled a formidable squad for the year ahead and with players such as Stephen McDonnell, Stephen O'Donnell and Peter Cherrie, as well as Tiarnan Mulvenna, the Carrick Road venue could possibly witness some success this season.