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A former Premier League player is staying with Drogheda in Division One next season

However, the future of Micheál Schlingermann is less certain.

Sean Thornton has committed to Drogheda for next season.
Sean Thornton has committed to Drogheda for next season.
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SEAN THORNTON WILL be a Drogheda United player next season, after committing his future to the club.

Thornton’s future had been in doubt following Drogheda’s relegation to Division One, with the player put on the PFAI transfer list.

However, speaking to LMFM, new Drogheda boss Pete Mahon confirmed that Thornton, a former Premier League player with Sunderland, would be staying at the club for at least another year.

“The good news is that Sean Thornton is staying on with the club. I met Sean yesterday, had a very fruitful discussion with him, and I’m pleased to say he’s committed to Drogheda for another year, which is fantastic news

“Sean is the face of Drogheda United in the town. It’s very important that we keep an identity with players from Drogheda and the surrounding areas, and not be looking to Dublin all the time, even if the bulk of players will come from Dublin.”

In total, Mahon hopes to keep roughly six players from last season, in addition to investing in footballers mainly from the Premier Division and Division One. One player whose future is uncertain, however, is goalkeeper Micheál Schlingermann.

“Micheál has been speaking to Longford Town,” Mahon said. “He has expressed a wish to play in the Premier Division next season. I told him if he signed for us, he’d be playing there the following season. So I haven’t given up hope on that yet.

“I’ll certainly be sitting down with Micheál and trying to convince him that his future lies with Drogheda United.”

Meanwhile, Mahon also commented on captain Mick Daly’s infamous Twitter rant following the club’s relegation.

“I was very disappointed with Mick Daly that he chose to go on social media. It is a scourge nowadays — all the tweeting and this kind of stuff.

“Mick was the captain. He was right in what he said but he should have shown a bit more respect to the club.

“I can guarantee you one thing — it’ll never happen again.”

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