St Patrick's Athletic sign former Liverpool youth Alex O'Hanlon

Liam Buckley has added three new faces to his panel ahead of the upcoming League of Ireland campaign and is positive about what they can bring to the team

St Patrick's Athletic have completed the signing of Republic of Ireland youth international Alex O'Hanlon, as well as securing the signatures of Kurtis Byrne and Barry Murphy.

Dublin native O'Hanlon joins the League of Ireland side having spent five years on the books at Liverpool. A highly sought-after and versatile player, the 20-year-old was on the radar of a number of English clubs, including Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town following his departure from Anfield.

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"Alex is a hugely talented player and I'm delighted to welcome him to the club," St Pat's manager Liam Buckley told the club's official website. 

"Alex has an excellent left foot and will be a signing that our supporters can look forward to seeing in the colours of St Pat's."

Byrne arrives at Richmond Park from Bohemians, where he spent the 2016 season, scoring 10 goals in 32 league appearances. The 26-year-old counts Hibernian, Ross County and Dundalk among his former clubs and Buckley is hopeful that the striker will continue his goalscoring feats with the Saints.

"Kurtis Byrne is technically one of the best players in the league so to add him to our squad is a huge plus," said the St Pat's boss. 

"He is another player our supporters will know well as he has a reputation of scoring some superb goals over the past few seasons and we hope that he can continue that trend with us."

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Murphy joins the club for his second spell, having previously lined out in the red and white in 2012. The 31-year-old goalkeeper brings an end to a four-year spell at Shamrock Rovers to re-join the Saints.

The trio follow Gavin Peers and Patrick Cregg in signing for St Pat's for the 2017 season.