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Football | Shamrock Rovers confirm Mandroiu, Gannon signings

Shamrock Rovers have confirmed the signings of Danny Mandroiu from Bohemian FC and Sean Gannon from Dundalk.

Midfielder Mandroiu, 22 moves across Dublin from the Hoops' bitter rivals Bohs, while Gannon returns to his former club after six years at Oriel Park.

The 2020 SSE Airtricity League champions have already signed Gannon's Dundalk teammate Sean Hoare ahead of the 2021 season, as well as 33-year-old free agent Chris McCann.

Former Republic of Ireland U21 international Mandroiu has long been linked with a move to Tallaght, and surprisingly just made five league starts for Bohs under Keith Long last season.

With Jack Byrne's contract expiring, and the Ireland international being linked with a move abroad, Mandroiu will likely serve as a replacement for the midfielder.

“Danny is very creative," Bradley told the Shamrock Rovers website.

"He can play with both feet very comfortably. He’s big, athletic and an all-round really clever player. He’s a really good age and fits what we do. There’s so much more to his game than his goals, there’s so much potential in Danny and it’s up to us and him that we try and get that out of him, to take him to the next level."

Gannon returns to Rovers, where he started his Premier Division career, having being named in the PFAI team Team of the Year for a sixth successive season in 2019.

The 29-year-old's last appearance for Dundalk came in the Lilywhites' FAI Cup final win over Rovers earlier this month.

“I think Sean has shown now over a number of years in the league that he’s probably been the best right-back in the country for a long time," Bradley said.

"He’s very good defensively but he’s also very good in the attacking part of the pitch. He’s an all-round top right-back and he adds to us so we’re delighted to get him.

"He’s probably one of the most successful players to ever play in the league and he’s only 29. He’s still a good 'age so we feel that there’s a lot of football left in Sean and we’re delighted that he sees that here with Shamrock Rovers."


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