LOI transfer wrap: Colm Whelan joins Derry City as Ethan Boyle completes Wexford switch

Ireland under-21 international Colm Whelan has completed a move to FAI Cup holders Derry City from UCD.

The Co. Kilkenny native missed out on a vast chunk of the 2022 campaign through an injury picked up midway through the season.

But he has been able to seal his big move away from the Belfield campus – with Derry City landing his services.

“We are delighted to welcome Colm to the club,” Derry boss Ruaidhri Higgins said.

“He is a player with an extremely bright future in the game. He has a lot of games under his belt at such a young age and has a fantastic goal scoring record.

“Myself and the staff are really excited to get working with Colm and helping him develop further at Derry City.”

Meanwhile, First Division Wexford have unveiled the capture of former Finn Harps and Shamrock Rovers defender Ethan Boyle.

Boyle joins James Keddy’s side just a day after they unveiled the capture of former Longford Town defender Ben Lynch.

Drogheda United have also re-signed forward Adam Foley as they begin their off-season recruitment drive.

Shelbourne have also confirmed that Scott van der Sluis has penned a new deal with the club – keeping him at Tolka Park for 2023.

In the First Division, Galway United have re-signed Killian Brouder, while Bray Wanderers have unveiled the signing of Dave Webster from Finn Harps.

Premier Division Sligo Rovers have also signed Lukas Browning from Dalkurd in Sweden on a one-year deal.

“Lukas is a player I’ve been tracking for some time and, I’m delighted he’s agreed to join us,” Sligo boss John Russell said.

“He has all the attributes of the modern midfield player.

“He has a fantastic passing range, good game intelligence, as well as being physically strong. Lukas will bring a different dynamic to our midfield next season.”