Bohemians have been handed a major pre-season boost after signing Watford attacker Ryan Cassidy on loan.

The 20-year-old penned a new two-year deal with Hornets in the summer of 2020. He joined the Premier League club from Dublin schoolboy outfit St Kevin's Boys in 2016 and though he has yet to make a first-team appearance, Cassidy has regularly impressed in their underage ranks.

Last season he had a loan stint at Accrington Stanley in League One, scoring four times in 17 games.

It's a welcome lift for Keith Long, who has lost Keith Ward, Keith Buckley and Ross Tierney in the off-season. There's also been strong speculation that Dawson Devoy and Georgie Kelly might depart ahead of the new campaign.

St Johnstone have completed the signing of Sligo Rovers defender John Mahon in another blow to the Bit O' Red ahead of the new season.

The agreement with St Johnstone includes an undisclosed transfer fee, plus additional future-based terms, with the Scottish side activating a release clause in his contract.

Mahon was Player of the Year with Sligo last season as they finished third in the table.

He went on to make over 100 appearances for the club, despite being just 22.

The Saints are bottom of the Premiership and yesterday lost to a League 2 side in the Scottish Cup.

Mahon said: "It's great to finally put pen to paper. This is a very proud moment for myself and my family.

"I had a great time at Sligo and I thank everyone there for their support. It's a great club

"But my focus is now 100% on St Johnstone. Scottish football is going to provide me with a new challenge and I feel I'm ready for it.

"I met with the manager this morning. We had a good conversation and I can't wait to get started tomorrow.

"I know that the team won the two domestic Cups last season and I watched the games. The lads were brilliant.

"I know the current circumstances are different and we need to start winning games in the Premiership.

"We have a battle on our hands and I'm up for the fight. This is the kind of battle I relish."

Sligo boss Liam Buckley has already seen Johnny Kenny join Celtic in this transfer window and isn't surprised another player has moved to Scotland "We've watched John constantly improve over these last few seasons because his talent is there to see.

"Again, John was someone who was attracting interest of clubs for quite some time as he is able to play at a level up certainly. We knew that would be acted upon eventually. He’s been a magnificent player for this club and we all wish him well at St Johnstone.

"We've made good progress on new recruitment and we will have more on that quite soon. It’s the nature of the business that squads evolve and change over time. We still have a huge number of quality players here and we will finalise this year’s group and I’m confident it will leave us well-placed to have an exciting year ahead."

Meanwhile Finn Harps have gone further afield as they add to their squad with the signing of defender Erol Erdal Alkan from Turkey.

The towering centre half, also capable of playing centre midfield, becomes the latest addition to Ollie Horgan's squad for the 2022 campaign.

Born in the Netherlands, he opted to represent Turkey at international level and has been capped three times for their Under-21s.

The 27-year-old most recently played with Turkish side Usakspor and has also spent time the lower leagues in Germany and Bulgaria as well at the Netherlands.

He said: "I’m really excited for the opportunity to play for Finn Harps. Everyone has been fantastic since I moved over and helped me to settle in. It’s a strong, physical league which suits my game. I have heard great things about the fans and their passion, I’m looking forward to the start of the season."

Horgan added: "Erol has good experience playing around Europe and will give us a lift at the back. There are a lot of new faces in the squad and it’ll take time for them to gel but he’s settled in well to be fair to him.

"We’re still looking for a few more lads to bring in the door, it’s a long season and injuries and fixtures add up over the year so it’s good to have him signed now for the season ahead."