Jason Byrne pictured in 1998 during his time at Bray Wanderers, where he started his League of Ireland career. Keith Heneghan/INPHO

Jason Byrne's pursuit of goalscoring record to continue at his sixth League of Ireland club

The legendary striker will play for Cabinteely in 2017.

CABINTEELY FC HAVE announced that legendary League of Ireland striker Jason Byrne has joined the club for the 2017 season.

The veteran Dubliner, who turns 39 next month, has previously expressed his desire to continue playing until he becomes the League of Ireland’s all-time leading goalscorer.

Byrne is still 14 goals shy of equalling the record of 235, which belongs to former Finn Harps, Sligo Rovers, Derry City and Athlone Town striker Brendan Bradley.

“I am delighted to have signed Jason,” said Cabinteely manager Pat Devlin. “I have known him all throughout his career. It is great to have him onboard here.

“I think he still has a lot to offer and he is a great man to have in the dressing room, especially in our squad of young players. They can learn a lot from him. I am looking forward to seeing him score a few goals for us now.”

Byrne began his career with Bray Wanderers in 1998. With the exception of a year at Cardiff City, the two-time PFAI Players’ Player of the Year has spent his entire career in the League of Ireland.

Byrne has won five Premier Division titles (three with Shelbourne, two with Bohemians) and two FAI Cups (one each with Bray and Bohs).

Twice capped by the Republic of Ireland, Byrne was the top goalscorer in the Premier Division for four consecutive seasons from 2003 to ’06. He also had spells at Dundalk and, most recently, UCD.

Currently preparing for their third season as a League of Ireland club, Cabinteely finished two points off the bottom in the 2016 First Division campaign.

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