Shelbourne add Premier Division firepower as Conan Byrne and Oscar Brennan join Reds

Wed, Nov 21 2018

Conan Byrne spent six years with St Patrick's Athletic after leaving Shels for the first time. Credit: Darragh Connolly

Shelbourne have pulled off the First Division transfer coup of the off-season so far with the return  of winger Conan Byrne to the club.

New manager Ian Morris has also tapped into his former club Bohemians with the addition of midfielder Oscar Brennan and defender Dan Byrne to the Reds’ ranks.

Dubliner Conan Byrne was much sought-after following his departure from St Patrick’s Athletic after six trophy-laden seasons, citing a preference to return to part-time football.

The 33-year-old, who had spells with UCD, Sporting Fingal and Shelbourne before joining the Saints in 2013, has scored more than 100 competitive goals over his 14-year senior career.

He was part of Liam Buckley's side that won the 2013 Premier Division, and helped the Athletic to a first FAI Cup triumph in 53 years 12 months later.

New Saints boss Harry Kenny had tried to hold onto the Swords native but Byrne, who is a schoolteacher, could not commit to the club’s daytime training schedule.

22-year-old Brennan has spent the past two seasons at Dalymount Park since joining from First Division side Cabinteely.

The rangey midfielder, who has also stepped in at centre-half under Keith Long, spent time in the underage ranks at Bray Wanderers and UCD before joining Cabo in 2016.

25-year-old Daniel Byrne came through the underage ranks with Bohemians before making his breakthrough to the first team at the end of 2011.

He spent a year with Kilbarrack United in the Leinster Senior League before returning to the Gypsies midway through the 2013 season.

A bad knee injury suffered in a 2014 FAI Cup meeting with Cork City forced him out of the game for nine months, but he made his return the following May.