Friday 19 January 2018

Interest in North End's main men

North End may have failed to retain the Wexford Cup, but their league success coupled with their marvellous run in provincial and national competitions has seen a number of their players being eyed up by Senior clubs.

Having lost to Shamrock Rovers, who were winning a first cup final in their 37-year history, the focus is still very much on the Wexford town outfit as they eye up a second round F.A.I. Cup clash away to Premier Division Galway United in Terryland Park at the end of the month.

While North End are striving to still complete their league programme - due to conclude on Wednesday with a re-match against Shamrock Rovers - the rumour machine is in full flow regarding some of their outstanding young talent.

John Godkin, a real winner as a manager, is adamant that there is nothing concrete at the moment but admits some of the players have already been sounded out.

'I know Waterford have been in contact with Adam (Beary), while Shane Keegan has spoken of an interest in both Robin Dempsey and Paul Murphy joining the Youths set-up,' he said.

'I have spoken with the players. They are adamant they are still fully committed to North End until the season is over.

'Then I will sit down with the players and speak with them at the end of the month should our season have ended,' he added.

It's also believed that 19-year-old Dempsey may have an opportunity of returning across the Irish channel for trials.

There's speculation at the moment that the player, who had a spell with Aston Villa prior to returning home, may travel to Mick McCarthy's Ipswich Town for a trial, which would be of huge interest given that the East Anglian side are still in the promotion play-offs for Premier Division status next season.

It's also believed that there has been an approach from Championship side, Birmingham City, to the player to go on trial.

Dempsey is perceived as an outstanding young talent who would now grasp at a further opportunity to establish a career in the English League.

Wexford Premier Division player of the year Beary is still considering his options regarding Waterford United but no decision will be made until later this month.

Whatever the players choose they would be huge additions to any club, particularly Wexford Youths who are building momentum towards promotion from Division 1 despite Friday's heavy 4-1 defeat away to another of the leading teams, UCD.

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