Drogheda United manager Johnny McDonnell has further bolstered his midfield options for next season with the additions of Sean Thornton and Sean Brennan.
Thornton joins Drogheda from Welsh Premier League side Bala Town as the 31 year-old returns home to play domestic football in Ireland for the first time in his career.
‘It’s something I’ve always wanted to do having spent nearly 16 years in the UK,’ Thornton admitted. ‘I’m a local lad who wanted to play for his local town and I’m delighted that the deal is done. It was an easy decision and I had no interest in going anywhere else when I came home.
‘I’ve no individual goals for next season as the main aim will be to do well as a group. Obviously, Drogheda didn’t have the best of seasons last year so with a new manager in; I think things should be looking up this year. Cup competitions will be a big incentive for us as well.’
The former Sunderland midfielder, who spent three years on Wearside, has admitted to being unfamiliar with football in Ireland but is excited by the challenge ahead.
‘I can’t say that I know too much about the quality of the League of Ireland. I’ve been to a few games over the years and from what I’ve heard the standard is quite good. The players have a high fitness level which should be expected in the modern game but I’ll find out all about the league after a few games and I’m really looking forward to the challenge.’
No stranger to the League of Ireland or Drogheda fans, Thronton will be lining up alongside Sean Brennan who joins from relegated side Athlone Town.
Brennan has already enjoyed a hugely successful spell with his hometown club as he was a part of the side in 2012 that finished as League runners-up as well as defeating Shamrock Rovers in the EA Sports Cup Final.
The 29 year-old has had previous spells with Monaghan United and worked under McDonnell during the final few months of the 2013 season with Shelbourne.