Sam Bone is the latest player to leave St Patrick's Athletic to follow head coach Stephen O'Donnell to Dundalk for 2022.

The defender was part of the Pat's squad that won the FAI Cup and finished second in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division last season.

But he now joins Robbie Benson and John Mountney - who had past careers at Oriel Park - in signing for Dundalk in the wake of O'Donnell's appointment.

"I'm similar to John Mountney. When it was announced that Stephen had moved to Dundalk, I was hoping he’d phone me as well," Bone, who spent a season at Richmond Park after departing Waterford ahead of the 2021 campaign, told the Dundalk official website.

"I had a really good relationship with him and I learned a lot under him and Padge [Cregg] last year.

"I think Dundalk were in a false position last season. It’s a huge club and I’m really looking forward to playing in front of the fans and the people of the town and hopefully, we can get them back to where they were a few years ago, winning the league, the FAI Cup and back into Europe."

The 23-year-old added that he hoped to learn from the experienced campaigners in the Lilywhites squad.

He said: "I can't wait to work in an environment full of winners. You look at the likes of Patrick Hoban, David McMillan and Andy Boyle, they have been at the top for most of their careers. I am still young and I am looking forward to learning from them.

"It will obviously help me that John Mountney and Robbie Benson are there already and I know John Martin from my time at Waterford so it will be nice to reunite with them. I’m really looking forward to getting started."