LOI transfer wrap: Joseph Anang returns to St Pat’s, while Dundalk add Scott McGill to ranks

Stephen Kenny has made goalkeeper Joseph Anang his first signing as new St Patrick’s Athletic manager. 

Anang, 24, was previously on the books of the Saints under former boss Tim Clancy on loan from West Ham during the 2022 season. 

But he cut his spell at Richmond Park short that season to join Derby County.  He has since been released by West Ham and has decided to return to Inchicore. 

Anang will be eligible to feature for St Pat’s from July 1st, pending international clearance. 

“It's very good to be back at the club,” Anang said. “St Pat's is where I played most of my senior games (in my career so far), I feel I played my best football at Pat's during my loan in 2022, I really enjoyed my time here so I'm very excited.

“Stephen told me about his plans for me and the style of play he wants to implement, I feel I'll fit into that and I really bought into what his plans are.

“I also want to speak about the St Patrick's Athletic supporters, they showed me a lot of love when I first came to the club two years ago, so with that factored into my decision too, coming back was a no brainer really. I'm delighted to get the ball rolling again and to get the deal done.”

Anang’s arrival comes on the same day in which right-back Kieran Freeman left the Saints to join Raith Rovers in Scotland. 

Freeman struggled when in Dublin 8 and will now return to his native Scotland. 

Meanwhile, Derry City have confirmed the acquisition of midfielder Jacob Davenport from Morecambe.

The 25-year-old is a product of the Manchester City academy where he played alongside Will Patching and Sadou Diallo.

He also has made over 50 appearances in the English Championship with Blackburn Rovers and Burton Albion.

Elsewhere, Dundalk have snapped up the services of midfielder Scott McGill. 

The 22-year-old hails from Scotland and joins the Lilywhites from Raith Rovers. 

He made 18 appearances for Ross County last season and was previously on the books of Hearts as a youth.

“I can’t wait to get started,” McGill told Dundalk’s website. “Jon Daly was a coach at Hearts when I was there and when I spoke to him about coming here he told me exactly what he wants from me and his plans for the second half of the season so it was a no-brainer.

“I like playing as a number 10 or a number eight and going box-to-box and getting on the ball so hopefully I can chip in with a couple of goals and assists.”