St Patrick's Athletic have signed striker Georgie Kelly on loan from Dundalk for the rest of the campaign.
The 23-year-old former Derry City and UCD attacker is a major boost for Stephen O'Donnell, who takes his side to Oriel Park on Friday night for their first league game of the restart.
Last week, Kelly scored twice in the Lilywhites' 4-2 behind-closed-doors friendly victory over Athlone Town.
He'll now link up with his old Dundalk team-mate Robbie Benson, who signed for Pat's at the end of last season.
📝 Georgie Kelly has joined the club on loan from Dundalk for the rest of the season— St Patrick's Athletic FC (@stpatsfc) July 27, 2020
📷 The 23 year old former Derry City & UCD striker is pictured here with Head Coach Stephen O'Donnell at Richmond Park earlier
🤝 #WelcomeGeorgie @Georgiekelly161
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Earlier in the evening, the Saints confirmed that Republic of Ireland Under-19 international goalkeeper Brian Maher has left the club by mutual consent.
Maher, who was behind Brendan Clarke and Conor Kearns in the pecking order, went to Bray Wanderers on loan until the summer last February.
He shone for Tom Mohan's Ireland side at last year's Under-19 European Championships and had been described by Pat's themselves as "best young goalkeeper in the country" when he signed his first professional contract with the club in December 2017.
However he's found first-team opportunities increasingly hard to come by and the 19-year-old will now have to look beyond Inchicore to further his career.
"Goalkeeper Brian Maher has left the club by mutual consent," St Pat's tweeted. "We'd like to thank Brian for his four years at the club & wish him well for the future."
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