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25 Irish players who are looking for new clubs across the water this summer

With the Premier League and Football Leagues finished, clubs are clearing out their unwanted playing staff ahead of the summer transfer window.

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Manchester City v Queens Park Rangers - Etihad Stadium Richard Dunne is on the move. Source: EMPICS Sport

Premier League

Paul McShane (Hull City) – Defender McShane departs the relegated Tigers after six years with the club.

Brian Murphy (QPR) – Ex-Bohemians stopper Murphy played six first team games for the Rs in four years.

Richard Dunne (QPR) – Another centre-half whose club lost their Premier League status. Dunne believes he has another year of football in him.

Owen Garvan (Crystal Palace) – Out on loan with Millwall and Bolton last season but won’t be returning to Palace after his contract ran out.


Soccer - Sky Bet Championship - Birmingham City v Charlton Athletic - St Andrew's Goalkeeper Darren Randolph. Source: Jon Buckle

Darren Randolph (Birmingham City) – The Dubliner has turned down a new deal in the hope of securing a Premier League club as a free agent.

Colin Doyle (Birmingham City) – Fellow goalkeeper Doyle leaves after 12 years with the Blues.

Gavin Gunning (Birmingham City) – Missed the entire season through injury, which prompted Birmingham to turn down the option of another year on his deal.

Darren O’Dea (Blackpool) – Claimed “pub teams are runner better” after his exit from Bloomfield Road.

Keith Andrews (Bolton Wanderers) – Left Bolton last month but says he has “a gentleman’s agreement” with MK Dons manager Karl Robinson to join them in a coaching capacity.

Soccer - FA Cup - Fourth Round - Aston Villa v AFC Bournemouth - Villa Park Ian Harte. Source: EMPICS Sport

Ian Harte (Bournemouth) - The veteran full-back won’t make one last return to the top flight with the Championship winners.

Mark O’Brien (Derby County) – Ireland underage defender O’Brien joined Derby from Cherry Orchard seven years ago but won’t be there next season.

Jake Carroll (Huddersfield) – Carroll, formerly of St Patrick’s Athletic, is among 10 players not offered a new deal.

Noel Hunt (Ipswich Town) - Mick McCarthy has not given the former Ireland international a new deal as he plans to freshen up the squad after their promotion disappointment.

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Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town) - 33-year-old Stephen joins his brother on the look-out for a new home.

Aidy White (Leeds United) – Hoping to stay in the Championship after his time at the Yorkshire outfit came to an end this month.

Alan Dunne (Millwall) – The long-serving defender is among the 18 players released by manager Neil Harris.

Soccer - Sky Bet Championship - Derby County v Reading - iPro Stadium Stephen Kelly is a free agent. Source: Ryan Browne

Stephen Kelly (Reading) – Out of contract this summer but could yet be kept on as he is in talks with the Royals.

Paul Corry (Sheffield Wednesday) – Former UCD midfielder Corry ends his largely unsuccessful three-year spell with the Owls.

James McClean (Wigan Athletic) — The Ireland winger is set to leave relegated Wigan after saying he wants to play at a higher level than League One.

League One

Soccer - Sky Bet League Two - Scunthorpe United v Northampton Town - Glanford Park Eddie Nolan (left). Source: Dave Howarth

Sean McGinty (Rochdale) - English-born Ireland U21 international McGinty, who is a former Manchester United youth, now finds himself unattached.

Eddie Nolan (Scunthorpe) - The Waterford native, 26, was one of seven players let go by The Iron.

Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) - 33-year-old Doyle made 188 league appearances and helped the Blades reach League and FA Cup semi-finals in four years there.

League Two

Soccer - Sky Bet League One - Colchester United v Coventry City - Weston Homes Community Stadium Morrison during his time at Colchester. Source: Stephen Pond

Stephen Elliott (Carlisle United) – The ex-Ireland international isn’t being offered a new contract.

Clinton Morrison (Exeter City) -35-year-old Morrison made 25 appearances and admitted “playing for free” last season.

Padraig Amond (Morecambe) – Carlo’s Padraig Amond, once of Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers, has left the Shrimps, having arrived from Accrington Stanley in 2014.

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