Just minutes after Longford Town’s 1-0 home defeat to Waterford FC at City Calling Stadium on Saturday night, the Midlands club announced the double signings of defender, Paul Finnegan and central midfield player, Sam Verdon.
Central defender, Finnegan arrives after a spell in Northern Ireland with Cliftonville, while Verdon will be a name familiar to League of Ireland fans after a four-year stint with St.Patrick’s Athletic, who he left by mutual consent just last week.
While Finnegan has also played in the LOI previously with Bray Wanderers and Dundalk, his game time was extremely limited, playing just four times for the “Seagulls”, while failing to make any league appearances under Stephen Kenny at Dundalk. However, the fact that Finnegan managed to earn a senior contract, just after Kenny’s arrival at Oriel Park, suggests the legendary Longford manager saw some signs of promise in the youngster.
Verdon on the other hand, while far from a key player for the “Saints” did manage to achieve a number of feats including a European appearance and a first LOI goal, which came against none other than Longford Town in a 3-3 draw at Richmond Park last season.
With striker Enda Curran departing the club along with Stephen Walsh and Mark Langtry earlier this week, Town fans will now be hoping that their next new arrival under new boss Neale Fenn will be a natural goalscorer. “De Town” spurned a number of glorious opportunities again on Saturday night as Neale Fenn experienced his first defeat in LOI management.