Dundalk FC are exploring the possibility of entering a B team in the SSE Airtricity League First Division but any such move is unlikely to happen before 2021.

Shamrock Rovers recently revealed that they were hoping to enter a reserve side in next season’s First Division but this is expected to be rejected by clubs in the country’s second tier despite the demise of Limerick FC last week.

Asked about Dundalk’s views on having a B team, head coach Vinny Perth admitted that it was something they were investigating at present.

“It’s something we want to explore over time because ultimately it’s a good idea,” he said.

“The gap between U-19 football and first team football is too big. Also in terms of developing players like Ross Treacy, he’d have benefitted from that.

“It’s something that we’re going to explore. Obviously it has only come up in terms of the Limerick thing but we’ve asked certain questions in terms of costs and whether it is viable or not. There’s no guarantee of anything but it’s something we’re watching because to make the club better something between the U-19s is needed as a stepping stone.”

Perth also said he had yet to decide on a replacement for former senior opposition analyst Stephen O’Donnell, who departed the club at the end of August to take up the managerial reins at St Patrick’s Athletic.

“I’m not in any rush to fill that position,” he said.

“We may go down a different route. Stephen was almost full-time in that role but we may make it a dual purpose role or something like that. We’re in the middle of restructuring a couple of things with staff and that role will fall under that umbrella,” said Perth.