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24 February 2011 : No Moore Chance To Bring In Irish Winger
The Irish papers are reporting that Yeovil Town have missed out on signing Republic of Ireland Under-21 player Karl Moore. The Dubliner was a free agent after leaving League of Ireland side UCD at the end of last year, and had been aiming to earn a contract in the English Football League.

Moore, who spent five years on the books of Manchester City including three as a professional, is a 22 year old winger who can also play in other attacking positions. The Irish Herald reports that Yeovil Town had offered him a contract, but that matters were "held up by red tape" and that ultimately matters broke down with the player this week signing a one year deal with Galway United.

Moore has represented the Republic of Ireland at every level from Under-15 to Under-21, and also had an eight game loan spell with Millwall during the 2008-09 season. Speaking to the Herald, he admits that he still wants to return to England at some stage, but for now will spend a season playing in the League of Ireland:

"I'm 22 now and I need to be playing regularly so this is a big season for me and Galway is the right club to join. I still have ambitions of playing in England again and hopefully I can do that but for now I need to concentrate on doing well for Galway. I haven't played that many games in my career and at this stage of my career I need to be playing so hopefully I can do that with Galway United."

The Herald does not expand upon what sort of 'red tape' prevented Moore's arrival at Huish Park from going through. As a free agent, the transfer window regulations should not have caused problems, although obviously Moore would have needed international clearance to make his move back to England.

Talking of Irishmen, former Glovers midfielder George O'Callaghan has made another attempt to break back into the Football League, and is on a two week trial with League One side Brentford. Since leaving Yeovil Town at the end of 2009, he has played for Waterford United and Cork City, as well as having a trial for Brighton and Hove Albion. The Seagulls connection is what has brought him to Griffin Park, with Bees caretaker boss Nicky Forster knowing O'Callaghan well from when both players were down at the Withdean Stadium. Forster told the Hounslow Chronicle that he had few doubts about the 31 year old's ability:

"I know him from my time at Brighton, and if he can get himself fit he's a fantastic player. He moves the ball very well and looks to find a pass and is very creative. George is keen to get back in the English game and asked if he could come over and spend a couple of weeks with us. It's of no expense to the club he's paid for all the travelling and stuff. He's enthusiastic, keen and still feels there's some good years left in him. He trained on Monday, and on his own yesterday and today, so you can't ask more than that."

Elsewhere, two former Yeovil Town loan players have departed Championship side Watford for contrasting reasons. Centre-back Rob Kiernan, who was used as a midfielder for the Glovers, has joined Wycombe Wanderers on a one month loan deal - his third spell of the season having also spent time with League Two side Bradford City. Meanwhile Andros Townsend has had his loan spell at Vicarage Road cut short after failing to settle with the Hornets. He was meant to stay there for the remainder of the season after joining them on January 20th. But just two starts and one substitute appearance later, he has now returned to Tottenham Hotspur.


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