Dundalk boss Vinny Perth says the club want to focus on their efforts to get into the Champions League before agreeing a new contract with striker Pat Hoban.

The Lilywhites' record goalscorer is one of a number of players out of contract at the end of the season but his professed desire for a long-term deal has not yet been fulfilled.

Premier Division table-toppers Dundalk face Latvian league leaders Riga FC in a Champions League first round qualifier on 10 July (Live on RTÉ2) and Perth wants no distractions ahead of that test.

Speaking after Dundalk's 3-0 win over Waterford FC on Monday, Perth told RTÉ Sport: "We've got Europe to prepare for.

"There are a couple of other guys out of contract as well who don't grab the same headlines.

"We need to focus on Europe and what that means so we've probably put that on the backburner.

"There's no big panic around the place. He was outstanding tonight and created two of the three goals."

Vinny Perth

Dundalk are expected to be up against it when they face a Riga team featuring players from Brazil, Japan and around Europe.

"It's a really tough draw," said Perth. "They've spent a lot of money over the last three weeks on new players.

"They see it as an opportunity to progress so they're coming after us and it will be a real tie.

"I've been there, Stephen O'Donnell's been there. We've watched them,"

"Riga are a really strong side. It's a proper game and it's one we're really looking forward to."

Having battled to a 1-0 win over Shamrock Rovers last Friday that took them eight points clear at the summit, Dundalk were more free-flowing in a comfortable win over Waterford.

Perth was pleased but insisted that they hadn't been given the credit they deserved for the win against their title rivals.

"From an attacking point of view I thought it was much more like us tonight. We created a huge amount of chances," said Perth.

"The amount of stuff I heard over the weekend, you would think we were absolutely awful. Pat Hoban should have scored, Michael Duffy should have scored, we should have had a penalty, but apparently we were played off the park.

"We moved on that game, we'll move on from this one and focus on Derry (on Friday), that's the biggest game of the season to be honest. Derry are on a great run of late."