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Dundalk make two big signings as they bid to replace Richie Towell

Champions recruit McEleney and Benson for their three-in-a-row challenge.

Benson and McEleney with manager Stephen Kenny this evening.
Benson and McEleney with manager Stephen Kenny this evening.
Image: @DundalkFC via Twitter

DUNDALK HAVE MOVED to replace Richie Towell by bringing in the highly-rated Patrick McEleney and Robbie Benson.

McEleney’s capture was confirmed by manager Stephen Kenny at an event this evening to launch the Lilywhites’ new jersey.

The Derry City star, who had been linked with Peterborough United previously, failed to agree a new deal at the Brandywell.

He was quickly snapped up by the champions who beat title rivals St Pat’s to the punch.

Earlier, Dundalk confirmed Benson’s signing following six seasons with UCD.

“One of the deciding factors was Stephen Kenny,” the midfielder said.

“I have got a lot of advice. It was my decision at the end of the day but everything that was said pointed in the direction to come here.

Stephen, the group of players – league winners – so I am really looking forward to getting started.

Benson will be reunited with a host of his former college team-mates including striker David McMillan.

“I am looking forward to starting that partnership again,” he said.

“We are slowly taking over here – there’s five or six of us here! It’ll be good to link up with them again.”

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