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Significant coup for Pat's as Rovers midfielder leaves for Inchicore

Patrick Cregg will switch clubs for 2017, having spent the last two-and-a-half seasons at Tallaght Stadium.

Partick Cregg has been with Shamrock Rovers since August 2014.
Partick Cregg has been with Shamrock Rovers since August 2014.
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ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC have completed a valuable piece of business as they look ahead to the 2017 SSE Airtricity League season.

The Saints this afternoon announced the signing of Patrick Cregg from Shamrock Rovers.

Cregg will move to Richmond Park in 2017, having been with Rovers since he returned from the UK in August 2014.

A key midfielder for the Hoops, the 30-year-old began his career as an apprentice with Arsenal before moving on to Falkirk, Hibernian, Greenock Morton, St Mirren, Bury and St Johnstone.

Cregg, a former Ireland U21 international, will help to fill the gap that was left by Greg Bolger in the middle of the park at Inchicore after he departed for Cork City ahead of the 2016 season.

Despite winning the EA Sports Cup, this past season was mostly disappointing for St Pat’s, who finished in seventh place in the Premier Division table.

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The addition of Cregg, 24 hours after the signing of defender Gavin Peers from Sligo Rovers, is another positive move by manager Liam Buckley, who has also confirmed that Ian Bermingham, Conan Byrne and Michael Barker have re-signed for next season.

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