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Former Ireland international Stephen McPhail joins Shamrock Rovers

The one-time Leeds United midfielder has signed for Trevor Croly’s side, it was announced today.

McPhail was most recently with Sheffield Wednesday.
McPhail was most recently with Sheffield Wednesday.
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SHAMROCK ROVERS HAVE agreed to sign former Ireland midfielder Stephen McPhail.

The 34-year-old, who began his career with Leeds United before moving on to Barnsley, Cardiff City, and most recently Championship outfit Sheffield Wednesday, becomes the second player capped at senior level for Ireland to return to the Airtricity League in the close season after Keith Fahey’s move to St Patrick’s Athletic.

McPhail, who made ten appearances for Ireland, told Wednesday’s club website: “It’s been hard being away from the family and not seeing them every day.

“That was a massive influence in this move, and Shamrock Rovers have some excellent young players. Hopefully I can pass on my experience to those lads for the benefit of the club.”

Speaking to Shamrockrovers.ie, Hoops manager Trevor Croly added: “Stephen is a very good addition to our squad for the up-coming season. He is a quality player who has significant experience playing at a very high level.

“He will fit in well to the squad we have built for the new season and blends in well with the mix of youth, experience and talent we have put together.

“He is proven to have a strong, committed character and is very keen to come and do well here well at Shamrock Rovers.”

In 2009, McPhail was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma but won a two-year battle with the cancer and returned to first team football.

He will leave Wednesday next week and link up with his new team-mates on 18 February.

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