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Shamrock Rovers are off to India for pre-season next month

The Hoops have been invited to play alongside seven other teams.

Fenlon's men will prepare for the new season with a trip to India.
Fenlon's men will prepare for the new season with a trip to India.
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SHAMROCK ROVERS HAVE accepted an invitation to play in the Sait Nagjee Tournament in India as part of their pre-season preparations for the 2016 SSE Airtricity Premier Division campaign.

The Hoops will compete in the eight team tournament, which is set to feature Argentina and India’s Under-23 sides, as well as underage selections from Premier League club Watford and German clubs Hertha Berlin and 1860 Munich.

Speaking to the Irish Sun, Rovers manager Pat Fenlon believes that the competition will be hugely beneficial for his side ahead of the new League of Ireland season.

“It’s a prestigious tournament to be invited to and it will be a great help to us in our pre-season preparations,” he said.

“I think the players were a bit shocked when we told them but they’re excited about it and I’m delighted with it.

“It’s a gift for the club because it’s not costing us anything. We wouldn’t be able to afford this ourselves but it will be a great experience for us.

“You’re going to be playing against good quality opposition and that’s going to be a real help in terms of getting ready for the season ahead.”

The Sait Nagjee Tournament will kick off on 2 February.

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