Peter Cherrie has made a surprise return to Dundalk, seven seasons after leaving Oriel Park.

The veteran goalkeeper is set to provide competition to new Dundalk recruit Alessio Abibi following the retirement of Gary Rogers at the end of last season.

The 37-year-old, who was an ever present for Derry City last season, returns for his second spell at the club after spending five years at Oriel Park between 2009 and 2014. 

During that period, Cherrie made over 200 appearances for the Lilywhites, picking up  SSE Airtricity League Premier Division and EA Sports Cup winners' medals. 

After moving on at the end of the 2014 campaign, he enjoyed spells north and south of the border with Cliftonville, Bray Wanderers, Cork City and Derry City.

Cherrie was deemed surplus to requirements at The Ryan McBride Brandywell but a move to a Dundalk side targeting recapturing their league crown has made up for that.

He said: "It’s absolutely brilliant to be back.

"If you had said this to me a month ago I’d have said there was no chance it would ever happen but when I got the call I was delighted."There’s loads of familiar faces still around.

"Stephen McDonnell is doing the youth side, Liam Burns is doing his community side and there’s lads like Andy Boyle, Pat Hoban and Chris Shields who I played with in 2014 so it’s great to be back with them."

The Scot is determined to push his Albanian team-mate hard in a bid to secure the starting role in the side.

"It’s never been in my nature to come and sit on the bench," said Cherrie. "It’s just not in me. If that day comes, then I may as well retire. 

"I’m here to push every single day and work every single day and I’ve told the coaching staff that. I might only have a couple of years left so I’ll be treating every day like it’s my last."