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Former League of Ireland top scorer Pat Hoban is on the move again in England's lower leagues

The ex-Dundalk attacker has struggled to find his feet since a move to Oxford.

Image: David Davies

IT’S BEEN A struggle for Galway’s Pat Hoban since he swapped the League of Ireland for the uncompromising surrounds of England’s lower leagues.

And once again, he’s hoping a change of environment can do him good – this time at non-league Grimsby Town.

Having signed for Oxford in late-2014 after an explosive two seasons with Dundalk, he netted only once in his debut campaign with the side.

This term had been going a little better, with the 24-year-old finding the net five times, before he was sent to Stevenage on a month-long loan deal at the start of February but he subsequently only started one game for the struggling League Two outfit.

His future doesn’t look too secure at Oxford who are in the midst of a promotion drive and he’ll now remain with Grimsby until the end of the season

Grimsby Town v Shrewsbury Town - Emirates FA Cup - Second Round - Blundell Park Hoban will link up with another Irish striker at Grimsby - Padraig Amond. Source: Richard Sellers/PA Archive/Press Association Images

He will link up with a familiar face at Blundell Park.

Former Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers attacker Padraig Amond joined the club last summer and has enjoyed a magnificent first term, scoring 24 times in 29 league games.

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