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Peterborough not willing to 'take a risk' on League of Ireland star

Former Sunderland forward Patrick McEleney has seen his proposed move to the League One club fall through.

Patrick McEleney will made a decision on his future next week.
Patrick McEleney will made a decision on his future next week.

PETERBOROUGH UNITED HAVE opted against making a move for Patrick McEleney, revealing that the club are “not prepared to take a risk” on the Derry City forward.

McEleney, who has previous experience in England with Sunderland, had been on trial with the League One outfit and featured in a friendly game against Birmingham City.

However, the 23-year-old suffered an injury while at London Road and Peterborough’s Director of Football Barry Fry explained that the move was not likely to occur “in this moment in time.”

“The Chairman (Darragh McAnthony) was over this week and both him and the manager (Graham Westley) had a word with me about the boy and we’ve decided not to do anything in this moment in time,” Fry told the Derry Journal.

We can’t do anything until January anyway so we don’t really have to make a decision now. We’re not prepared to take a risk right now.”

Another League of Ireland regular, Chris Forrester, made the move from St Patrick’s Athletic to The Posh back in August.

McEleney, who is out of contract at Derry but featured on the bench for their friendly game against Institute on Tuesday, will make a decision on his future in the coming week.

While the former Republic of Ireland youth international’s future is up in the air, Kenny Shiels has tied down midfielder Ronan Curtis. The 19-year-old has been handed a two-year deal with the club.

Meanwhile, former Limerick striker Rory Gaffney has moved on loan to Bristol Rovers from Cambridge United.

The 26-year-old Galway native had found his chances limited at the club since moving from Limerick in January, scoring two goals in five appearances.

“Rory is a lad I have heard a lot about through my contacts and he was very highly-rated during his time playing in the Premier League in Ireland,” said Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke.

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