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Unsurprisingly, Dundalk top the betting having claimed a fifth league title in six seasons last term with Vinny Perth claiming his first in the hot-seat having taken over from Stephen Kenny. However, as is often the case with the league winners, Dundalk have lost the services of one of their star players with St.Mirren snapping up free agent Jamie McGrath.
The arrival of Greg Sloggett from Derry City and former Manchester City youngster Will Patching will help soften the blow but whether Vinny Perth feels the need to dip his toes back into a rather limited looking transfer market remains to be seen.
Dundalk were penalty kicks away from pulling off a historic domestic treble last season but it was Shamrock Rovers who spoiled the Lilywhites party as the Hoops ended their 32 year wait for a 25th FAI Cup success.
Led by the brilliant Jack Byrne, Shamrock Rovers players will still be kicking themselves over blowing a 13 point lead in the league but combine their cup win with their perormances in Europe and there’s plenty for Shamrock Rovers fans to be cheerful about as they enter the new season and indeed the new decade.
Elsewhere, Stephen O’Donnell looks like he has all the tools to be a success story as a manager and has done some decent business in the off-season as he looks to revive a stalling St.Pats. The Saints were many peoples outside bet for a title charge this time last year but totally failed to deliver under Harry Kenny and it will be interesting to see if the former Dundalk skipper can find a better tune from what is a clearly talented bunch.
Derry City and Bohemians were the best of the rest last season and with news of a budget increase for Declan Devine many will expect the Candystripes to kick on and challenge for some sort of silverware again this term while Bohemians will benefit from the return of a fully fit Dinny Corcoran.
Shelbourne are a welcome addition to the top-flight, one of Irish footballs most historical sides with an extremely passionate fan base, the Reds could be a surprise package upon their return but of course re-establishing themselves as a top-flight club will be Ian Morris’s initial goal while it could be a bit of a slog for followers of Cork City, Waterford and Finn Harps this term with those three battling it out towards the tail of the table in 2019 (Expect Sligo to be a bit of a steady eddie under Liam Buckley once again this term).
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