Dundalk are hopeful of having further new faces in their squad by the time they play their first pre-season game this Friday.
The match with Bohemians at Oriel Park (kick-off 12 noon) will be streamed to supporters for free by the club and is one of just two friendlies currently planned ahead of the start of the season after a scheduled match away to Derry City today (Tuesday) had to be postponed due to the large number of injuries within the camp at present.
As well as the Bohs game, Filippo Giovagnoli’s side will also face neighbours Drogheda Utd in the annual Malone Cup match at United Park on Saturday March 6th before the President’s Cup meeting with Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght on Friday March 12th and the league opener away to Sligo Rovers on Saturday March 20th.
Following the return to Oriel Park of goalkeeper Peter Cherrie last week and capture of young local teenager Ryan O’Kane, Dundalk are set to further bolster their squad this week.
Former Sligo Rovers and Derry City player Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe is understood to have completed his move to the FAI Cup winners with a formal announcement expected this week.
Another goalkeeper to provide competition to Cherrie and Albanian Alessio Abibi is also on the radar although a possible move for Barnsley’s 6ft 7in netminder Corey Addai is now understood to be off.
Meanwhile, having announced the signing of midfielder Taner Dogan on Monday, the club are also expected to complete a deal for fellow American Jesús ‘Chino’ Pérez who was on trial at the club last winter. Dogan, while not officially a Dundalk player, was associated with the club last year but spent the campaign playing for Athlone Town in the First Division. Both he and Pérez are expected to be loaned out this season.
Other American youngsters German Giammattei and Dane Lind are also believed to have returned to Oriel Park while Canadian full back Terique Mohammed has arrived on trial.
At this stage it is looking unlikely that South Korean winger Han Eui-gwon will be granted a permit to join Dundalk following his release from K League outfit Suwon Samsung Bluewings as he was one game shy of the quota of matches required to have been played last year but an appeal over the matter to a higher body has not been ruled out.
Meanwhile, midfielder Will Patching is set to join Derry City on loan while another talented youngster, Andrew Quinn, has also secured a loan move to Bray Wanderers.