St Patrick's Athletic have completed the signing of Sligo Rovers frontman Ronan Coughlan with Georgie Kelly - who had a loan spell at Inchicore last season - heading to Bohs.

Limerick 24-year-old Coughlan joined the Bit O'Red from Cork City almost two years ago and developed into one of the divisions most dynamic attackers. He was particularly influential during Sligo's post-lockdown revival that saw them finish fourth in the Premier Division and get back into Europe.    

Coughlan has now opted for a fresh challenge in Inchicore with Stephen O'Donnell, telling the St Pat's website: "It's been a long time coming. It was a no-brainer for me.

"The gaffer and I spoke about things that I can improve on and I agree with everything he has to say. It's definitely a new challenge for me. The vision he has for the cub and myself personally is exactly what I want.

"I loved playing for Sligo. I had two very good years there, got on great with the gaffer, the staff, the players and the fans. They were all good to me... but these things happen. I just want to have a new challenge and I'm delighted to be here.

"I've been looking after myself since the season finished. I've been working on stuff I need to improve. I just can't wait to get going." 

St Pat's finished sixth last season, four points behind Sligo.

Last July O'Donnell brought Kelly in from Dundalk on loan, describing the capture as a "big coup" for his team at the time.

Donegal man Kelly has now gone to Bohs on a permanent deal however.

"At 24, Georgie comes to us at a good age with good experience and a hunger to improve," said manager Keith Long.

"His profile is ideal for us and we're looking forward to working with Georgie and looking forward to the potential he brings to the club.

"We are working hard to bring players to the club to strengthen the team but we have to be patient to ensure we get the right players in with the right attributes and character."

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