Friday, June 24, 2011

Daniel Kearns a Blackpool target

Blackpool scouts will be in Dundalk this evening to watch Ireland u21 international Daniel Kearns in the Airtricity Premier Division clash between Dundalk & Galway United.

Belfast born Kearns has emerged as a Seasiders target and are considering making a bid for the 19-year-old winger who has caught the eye of Ian Holloway after a string of quality performances for Dundalk.

Kearns is a former West Ham trainee, who spent three years at the London club before being released last May.

He was at the centre of the unsuccessful IFA attempt to block Irish players born in the North from representing Ireland on the international stage. Welcoming the ruling last July, FAI Chief Executive John Delaney said;

“Today’s landmark decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport confirms the FIFA and FAI position on player eligibility. The ruling upholds the right of individual choice on this matter for players born north of the border. I would like to thank the many people from all parts of the island who were strongly supportive during this process, and in particular, recognise the determination of Daniel Kearns and his family to uphold his right as an Irish citizen to play for his country.”