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Student life for Jason Byrne as he closes in on all-time goalscoring record

The 37-year-old striker has joined First Division promotion hopefuls UCD.

Byrne with fellow new signings Brian Shortall and Cathal Brady.
Byrne with fellow new signings Brian Shortall and Cathal Brady.
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UCD HAVE ANNOUNCED the arrival of vastly-experienced striker Jason Byrne.

The 37-year-old, who has had spells at Bray Wanderers, Shelbourne, Cardiff City, Bohemians and Dundalk, arrives after ending his second stint with the Gypsies last season.

Brian Shortall and Cathal Brady have also joined the Students as they look to win promotion back to the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division.

Byrne needs 18 goals to equal Brendan Bradley’s all-time League of Ireland record of 235 and UCD boss Collie O’Neill is looking forward to working with the centre forward, who was capped twice for Ireland.

“Jason impressed me when I met him before Christmas, the whole conversation was about football, he just loves his football and loves to score goals,” said O’Neill.

“We almost signed him during the summer transfer last season but for one reason or another we just couldn’t complete the transfer.

He has great presence in the dressing room, he’s a top quality pro and I’m drooling with the thoughts with maybe seeing a sorcerer and the apprentice partnership in Byrne and Swan.”

“We’ve made some very acute signings this year and we’re going to give it a go,” added Byrne.

“First and foremost I want to get myself fit and ready for the season ahead and hopefully I can get a bit more game time than I did last year.

“The goal is to get as many goals as I can and get promoted with UCD.”

Source: UCD AFC/YouTube

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