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Football | St. Pat's sign Eoin Doyle from Bolton

St. Patrick's Athletic have announced the signing of Eoin Doyle from Bolton Wanderers.

Irish striker Doyle has signed a long-term contract with the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division club.

The 33-year-old, who spent 18 months at Bolton, will wear the number nine jersey at Richmond Park and will link up with new St. Pat's manager Tim Clancy.

Doyle, who started his career in Ireland with Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers, has amassed 160 career goals in over 500 appearances.

"I'm delighted, I'm buzzing to be finally home and I'm happy to have joined such a big club," Doyle told the St. Pat's club website.

"I've got a very good relationship with the manager (Tim Clancy), we go back a bit having played together, we speak quite frequently. I got a phone call from the owner (Garrett Kelleher) and everything moved really quickly so I'm delighted to get it over the line. "I've had interest from elsewhere but having spoken to Tim and Garrett, they've got big plans for the club going forward and that's something I want to be a part of."

Doyle has scored eight goals this season for League One side Bolton, with his final goal for the club coming in last Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Rotherham.

The Dubliner enjoyed an excellent debut season with Bolton, scoring 19 goals and earning a place in the League Two team of the year as the Trotters won promotion to England's third tier.

Doyle's previous clubs include Hibernian, Chesterfield, Cardiff City, Bradford and Swindon Town.

"It's a really exciting signing for us, if you look at Eoin's career, he has consistently scored goals at various levels, I'm delighted to get the signing over the line," St. Pat's manager Clancy said. "I'd know Eoin very well from our time together at Hibs, we've kept in touch and it came up in conversation, and when I learned there was interest from Eoin's end I spoke to the Chairman and I'm delighted he was able to get it done."

Last month, the Inchicore club also announced the signings of Tunde Owolabi, Anto Breslin and Mark Doyle.

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