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Monday 26 August 2019

Rapids offer Doyle new challenge

A long period of uncertainty surrounding the career of Irish soccer international Kevin Doyle ended when he signed a two-and-a-half year deal with Colorado Rapids in the MLS.

The move will take effect on July 1, although there's a chance it could happen before the first MLS transfer window closes on May 11 if his current club, Wolves, are not part of the play-off picture.

Doyle had been out of favour with manager Kenny Jackett for a long time, although he had forced his way back into the match-day squad and came off the bench in the win over Derby County last week.

The former Adamstown clubman, now 31 years old, will become Colorado Rapids' third-ever designated player.

'I am delighted and very excited to be moving,' Doyle said. 'Colorado is a great place to bring up a family.

'With so many great players moving to MLS to join up with the great American talent already there, it's a great time to play in this league.'

The club's Sporting Director, Pádraig Smith, is a former F.A.I. Finance Director, and it's reported that he played a big role in the move.

'We are delighted that Kevin has signed and will shortly join our squad,' he said.

'We believe he will be a fantastic addition to our team, not just in terms of goals but his ability to create chances and space for others as well.'

Doyle has netted 14 times in his 61 appearances for Ireland and has made almost 360 appearances in England, scoring 92 goals.

He was in contact with Robbie Keane to get an idea of what MLS soccer is all about before finalising the move.

The Good Counsel (New Ross) past pupil had a special word for current club Wolves despite his recent travails. 'I will be sad to leave Wolves, a truly great club that I've had the privilege to play for.

'I will always be grateful to the fans for their support, it is they who make Molineux such a special place.'

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