Stephen Bradley could unleash Richie Towell on the midfielder's old club Dundalk on Friday night, provided his international clearance comes through in time.

Shamrock Rovers agreed a deal to take Towell from Salford City back in May but he was not eligible to play until 1 July. That means he's in line to make his debut against the Lilywhites at Tallaght Stadium.

The 29-year-old Dubliner enjoyed three brilliant seasons under Stephen Kenny at Oriel Park from 2012 to 2015, winning two league titles and an FAI Cup before moving to Brighton. Now, an intriguing reunion could be on the cards.

"Richie looks really good," Bradley told RTÉ Sport.

"He's trained really hard since he's come in. He's always fit, he's always ready. He's ready to go, we're just waiting on international clearance, which we should get.

"It gives us great competition. Richie is a proven winner, a proven goalscorer. He adds quality to us, he's a leader. We'll get him in the team."

"We've been lucky enough to have a thousand [fans] at Finn Harps and last week against Drogheda. It's definitely made a difference. You can feel the energy in the ground. The game is played at a different tempo when the crowd is there so it's been fantastic."

One man who won't be part of tomorrow's league clash is Chris Shields.

The talismanic midfielder said an emotional goodbye to Dundalk fans last week as he heads for Linfield.

"Chris Shields has been fantastic, not just for Dundalk but for the league," Bradley said.

"How he's represented the league, how he's held himself on and off the pitch is a credit to himself and his family. He's been a difficult opponent to play against but he has been fantastic throughout his career.

"When he was at his best for them and when they were at their best he definitely made you think about how you played against them. He was very strong in that area of the pitch. He did a lot of the so-called dry work and did it really, really well. It definitely helps that he's not in there."

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