Giovagnoli targeting two or three more additions to his squad ahead of new season

Giovagnoli targeting two or three more additions to his squad ahead of new season

Dundalk boss Filippo Giovagnoli remains hopeful of adding two or three more players to his squad before the new season commences.

However, a deal for South Korean winger Han Eui-kwon is in doubt due to complications over getting the former Suwon Samsung Bluewings player into Ireland.

While the 26-year-old has agreed terms with Dundalk, work permit and registration issues are threatening to scupper the deal which has been worked on since before Christmas.

The article as it appeared in The Argus on February 2nd 2021

Asked about the deal, Giovagnoli admitted it was complicated at present.

“The deal is done with him but it’s just about the federation and a work permit and this kind of thing. The board is dealing with it.

“I think Han could be something special for this league. He’s quality player but not alone for his quality as a player but also because he is from Korea. Can you imagine Dundalk being known everywhere in the world? It would be great to have this type of player but let’s see.

“The rules are sometimes against how important it is having a player of that quality here but we’re still talking.”
The Italian admitted that wide players were his key focus right now.

“We need to complete the team with attacking players, wide attacking players,” he said.

“We’re looking to add another two or three players. We’re talking and we’ll make those decisions soon.”

One player The Argus understands that Dundalk are looking at is former Derry City player Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe, who spent the second half of last season at Sligo Rovers while there is also the possibility that Jesus ‘Chino’ Perez, who had a trial at Dundalk last winter before being drafted by New York City could return.

At present there are 20 players signed up at Oriel Park for next season but Giovagnoli is conscious of not having too big a squad.

“We’re not going to have an extra number. I don’t think it’s vital to have an extra number. We need to have the right number. Right now we’re close to having the right number but we are missing some in some positions but we’re going to complete the team.

“We’re talking with quality players and I think we’re going to be a strong team. Then it’s just about working hard. It’s going to be a new team so the chemistry is going to be important but I think we have good foundations. We’ve had important players who have decided to stay and we’re really happy with that. They were the core of the team so I’m happy to have them,” he said.

Giovagnoli also confirmed that young American goalkeeper Alex Rando would more than likely be signing a deal with the club.

“Alex is going to start the pre-season with us. He’s a really talented goalkeeper. He’s young and really skilful.

“We like him a lot so we’re looking forward to talking to him about eventually signing here. He’ll start to work this week with us and then we’ll have to talk to the director about stuff but I don’t see a problem with it,” he said.

Finally, the head coach said the club were also hopeful of announcing replacements for club doctor David Connolly and goalkeeping coach Steve Williams who departed Oriel Park over the off season.

“The club is talking to a few people to replace them,” he said.

“Unfortunately they left the club. I had good relationships with them and had a good experience with them but unfortunately this is the situation right now and we have to plug the gap. The club and the director are working to do that.”

Dundalk 2021 squad (so far):
GK: Alessio Abibi
DF: Andy Boyle, Daniel Cleary, Brian Gartland, Darragh Leahy, Cameron Dummigan, Sonni Nattestad, Raivis Jurkovskis, Val Adedokun
MF: Patrick McEleney, Will Patching, Sean Murray, Chris Shields, Greg Sloggett, Sam Stanton, Michael Duffy, Daniel Kelly
FW: Patrick Hoban, David McMillan, Ole Erik Midtskogen