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Free agents: the Irish players looking for work in England this summer

Guess which former Irish internationals are without a club this summer? We take a look at the PFA’s list of out-of-work footballers.

Over 30 IRISH FOOTBALLERS (32 by our count) face an anxious summer, as they seek to secure a new club following their releases.

11 of the players in question are internationals – names such as Thomas Butler, Lee Carsley and Joey O’Brien will undoubtedly be familiar to Irish football fans.

So who’s polishing up the CV this pre-season?

Free agents: the Irish players looking for work in England this summer
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  • 1. Name: Denis Behan (right)

    Released from: Hartlepool Age: 27 Position: Centre Forward
  • 2. Name: Alan Bennett (left)

    Released from: Wycombe Wanderers Age: 29 Position: Centre Back/Centre Midfield
  • 3. Name: Ben Burgess

    Released from: Notts County FC Age: 29 Position: Centre Forward
  • 4. Name: Thomas Butler (left)

    Released from: Swansea City Age: 30 Position: Left winger
  • 5. Name: Lee Carsley (left)

    Released from: Coventry City Age: 37 Position: Central Midfield
  • 6. Name: David Cawley (left)

    Released from: Ipswich Town FC Age: 19 Position: Central midfield
  • 7. Name: Michael Cummins (left)

    Released from: Grimsby Town Age: 33 Position: Centre Midfield/Right Midfield
  • 8. Name: Jonathan Douglas

    Released from: Swindon Town Age: 29 Position: Centre Midfield/Right Back
  • 9. Name: Johnny Dunleavy

    Released from: Wolves Age: 19 Position: Centre Back
  • 10. Name: Joe Gamble (left)

    Released from: Harlepool United Age: 29 Position: Midfielder
  • 11. Name: Ashley Grimes

    Released from: Millwall Age: 24 Position: Midfielder
  • 12 Name: Cian Hughton (right)

    Released from: Lincoln City Age: 22 Position: Right Back/Left Back
  • 13 Name: Daniel Joyce

    Released from: Reading Age: 19 Position: Centre Midfield
  • 14. Name: Paul Marshall (right)

    Released from: Walsall Age: 21 Position: Centre Midfield
  • 15. Name: Ian McLoughlin

    Released from: Ipswich Town Age: 19 Position: Goalkeeper
  • 16. Name: Leon McSweeney (left)

    Released from: Hartlepool United Age: 28 Position: Right Midfield/Right Back
  • 17. Name: John Melligan (right)

    Released from: Cheltenham Town Age: 29 Position: Centre Midfield
  • 18. Name: David Mooney

    Released from: Reading Age: 26 Position: Centre Forward
  • 19. Name: Ian Morris (left)

    Released from: Scunthorpe United Age: 24 Position: Centre Midfield/Left Back
  • 20. Name: Joe Murphy

    Released from: Scunthorpe United Age: 29 Position: Goalkeeper
  • 21. Name: Joey O'Brien

    Released from: Bolton Age: 25 Position: Centre Midfield
  • 22. Name: Stephen O'Halloran

    Released from: Coventry City Age: 23 Position: Left Back
  • 23. Name: Josh O'Keefe

    Released from: Lincoln City Age: 22 Position: Centre Midfield
  • 24. Name: Stephen O'Leary (right)

    Released from: Luton Town Age: 26 Position: Centre Midfield/Right Midfield
  • 25. Name: Alan Quinn (right)

    Released from: Ipswich Town Age: 32 Position: Central Midfield
  • 26. Name: Shane Redmond

    Released from: Chesterfield Age: 22 Position: Goalkeeper
  • 27. Name: Andy Reid

    Released from: Blackpool Age: 29 Position: Left Midfield
  • 28. Name: Nathan Rooney (left)

    Released from: Wolves Age: 19 Position: Centre Midfield
  • 29. Name: John Thompson

    Released from: Notts County Age: 29 Position:Right Back/Centre Back

Also on the list: Patrick Hoban, Daniel Joyce and Patrick O’Connor.

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