Dundalk's considerable winter squad transition continued as stalwart Dane Massey's move to Drogheda United was confirmed.
The 32-year-old defender, who came to the Lilywhites from Bray Wanderers at the end of 2012, has been a key part of the Dundalk's incredible run of success over the last seven years.
He credited Drogheda boss Tim Clancy with spurring the move to Dundalk's local rivals.
"Tim rang me over Christmas and has been in touch with me constantly over that period, I was really excited" Massey said.
"Tim has been telling me about the great goings on in the club and the young players there, lot of local young lads there who have great potential as well. It's a new challenge for myself and I’m excited to get going.
"Everybody who knows me knows I’m a very ambitious person and with the squad Tim and Kevin are building we can definitely be competitive. With that squad, it’s well achievable I believe.
"I’m looking forward to getting stuck in now, as I said it’s a new challenge for myself. As far as Dundalk, I played eight years there, I’ve done my time and I really enjoyed it. This is a new challenge for me and my family and I’m going to take it head on."
He leaves Dundalk with five Premier Division titles, three FAI Cups and three League Cups to his name, as well as the memories of two Europa League group stage campaigns in 2016 and 2020.
"It is with a very heavy heart that I say I will not be returning to returning to Dundalk FC this season," Massey said in an earlier statement released on social media.
"I have spent the last eight years there and have had such an incredible experience. I never thought when I signed for Dundalk that it would take me on the ride of a lifetime.
?? Drogheda United are delighted to announce the signing of defender Dane Massey from Dundalk.— Drogheda United F.C. (@DroghedaUnited) January 8, 2021
Massey is the 20th player, and sixth new addition to be announced from Tim Clancy's 2021 Premier Division squad.#SignedFor2021 pic.twitter.com/BF1d6FrE4K
"I would like to thank all the players and staff who I have played and worked with over the years, and also to the amazing fans for welcoming me and my family to the club. I'll cherish the memories."
In the last month Gary Rogers, Sean Hoare, Sean Gannon, and John Mountney have all departed Dundalk.
On Thursday Mountney linked up with two other ex-Lilywhites, Robbie Benson on the playing front and head coach Stephen O'Donnell, when he signed for St Pat's.
However, Dundalk have confirmed a new signing in defence with the arrival of Latvia international Raivis Jurkovskis.
The 24-year-old joins on a free transfer from FK Liepaja and has won 13 caps for his country.
"Raivis can play at full-back, on either side," said Lilywhites head coach Filippo Giovagnoli.
"He is a really good player, strong, fast and physical. He is considered as one of the best players in Latvia and when we started to watch him, we had no doubt he was the player for us."
Elsewhere, UCD's top scorer from 2020 has confirmed on Twitter that he's leaving the club. The 22 year-old is staying in the First Division though after crossing the Liffey to join Shelbourne.
Yoyo Mahdy scored 16 goals as the Students reached the play-off, having been relegated from the top flight in 2019.
"Thanks for the memories @ucdafc," he wrote. "(I) will miss playing for this club and can't thank them enough for everything they have done for me over the last 4 years."
St Patrick's Athletic have also announced that they have re-signed defender Lee Desmond and midfielder Robbie Benson for the 2021 season.