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    End of a era. He was a great player for Dundalk over the past few years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D24Saint View Post
    End of a era. He was a great player for Dundalk over the past few years.
    Just signed a 3 year contract with Linfield - the *******s:
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/57571021

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    Quote Originally Posted by EalingGreen View Post
    Just signed a 3 year contract with Linfield - the *******s:
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/57571021

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    The heart of De Town :-(

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    I think it would be a poor move from Shamrock Rovers if they sign AS. What was the last club he played for was that the Iranian club? So much bad press about him with the courtcase I wouldnt touch him with a bargepole but hey what do I know. We signed Keith Gillespie. Sad to see CS leave Dundalk but with him living up north now it makes sense for him and his family.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joey B View Post
    How big a loss you think that will be Nesta? Has he dropped off performance wise this season or has the situation there just made it appear that way?
    He is a huge loss, even out of form he is effective, He is a player that can drag you over the line so what is saved in a budget could be lost by multiples not having him pull midfield strings against Welsh minnows...

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    Quote Originally Posted by joey B View Post
    Mark Russell left us and signed back with Greenock Morton.
    Did Harps get any part of fee for him?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sulywaterfordfc View Post
    Did Harps get any part of fee for him?
    I’ve no clue tbh,but I’d guess probably not…

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nesta99 View Post
    He is a huge loss, even out of form he is effective, He is a player that can drag you over the line so what is saved in a budget could be lost by multiples not having him pull midfield strings against Welsh minnows...
    Yeah he always seemed like the one setting the tone,the small things that don’t show up in stats but every team that’s successful needs,shame for the league he’s gone……

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martinho II View Post
    I think it would be a poor move from Shamrock Rovers if they sign AS. What was the last club he played for was that the Iranian club? So much bad press about him with the courtcase I wouldnt touch him with a bargepole but hey what do I know. We signed Keith Gillespie. Sad to see CS leave Dundalk but with him living up north now it makes sense for him and his family.
    Can't see Rovers signing him unless it's a pay for play basis

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    Dunno if this has been answered already, but what's the craic with Shields leaving? Budget cuts/past his prime/non-football reasons? No slight on Linfield, but it's a very sudden departure from a successful club where he was well-established

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    From the outside looking in its hard to understand with DFC being seeded for probably 3 rounds of the ECL
    I dont get it

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    Quote Originally Posted by joey B View Post
    Yeah he always seemed like the one setting the tone,the small things that don’t show up in stats but every team that’s successful needs,shame for the league he’s gone……
    Where are all those soft frees going to come from now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbgawa View Post
    From the outside looking in its hard to understand with DFC being seeded for probably 3 rounds of the ECL
    I dont get it
    3 year contract at a club that is closer to his home. Was always on the cards with the change in contract policy. But yeah, the key role he plays he could get a side over the line against Welsh 'minnows' and Estonians so whatever the minimal fee in, it weakens the possibility of Euro money in so possibly short sighted. He isnt a centre half but considering the injuries we have in that position he was an option to fill in. I think its a not standing in the way thing as undoubtedly any manager would want Chris Shields on the books. The expediting of the transfer is due to Linfield being worried about their rival clubs stealing in with big money in November. Get their man now even if there is a nominal fee involved and he will add to their European squad. It is what it is

    His farwell statement is spot on - bitter sweet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pineapple stu View Post
    Dunno if this has been answered already, but what's the craic with Shields leaving? Budget cuts/past his prime/non-football reasons? No slight on Linfield, but it's a very sudden departure from a successful club where he was well-established
    He's not exactly going to a club that struggles to win trophies.

    Linfield is now a full time club, we've got a healthy bank balance to sustain full time football & we are able to offer him 3 years of stability.

    Not that I follow dundalk or know much about it, but it appears they are marching towards financial instability which unfortunately is far too often a problem in the LOI football (shelbourne, Cork, derry City, drogheda, sporting fingal etc etc)

    So the proposition at Linfield could be very attractive to a lot of players.
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    No, but it is a step down from the Dundalk of old. Linfield won't be appearing in the group stages of Europe any time soon for example.

    I agree with you on where Dundalk seem to be headed, and if that has played a part in Shields' decision, then that would be quite worrying as a Dundalk fan. Hence the question though.

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    Financial stability, near to family life, chance to win trophies - I'd call that the holy grail for any pro footballer on this island. Linfield is a step up for Shields from the clown car he's exiting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pineapple stu View Post
    Dunno if this has been answered already, but what's the craic with Shields leaving? Budget cuts/past his prime/non-football reasons? No slight on Linfield, but it's a very sudden departure from a successful club where he was well-established
    I wouldn’t call it a sudden departure, its been common knowledge that he’s been going to Linfield since April. Sudden would be McEleney joining him this window!
    As Irishmen we dilute our sense of nation by depending on the English to bring us our balls

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    Quote Originally Posted by pineapple stu View Post
    No, but it is a step down from the Dundalk of old. Linfield won't be appearing in the group stages of Europe any time soon for example.

    I agree with you on where Dundalk seem to be headed, and if that has played a part in Shields' decision, then that would be quite worrying as a Dundalk fan. Hence the question though.
    Quote Originally Posted by placid casual View Post
    Financial stability, near to family life, chance to win trophies - I'd call that the holy grail for any pro footballer on this island. Linfield is a step up for Shields from the clown car he's exiting.
    We where an away goal away from it 2 summers ago vs qarabag. We lost 5 important players this season so im not expecting anything this year but our goal is to be in the group stages in the near future.

    As for Dundalk of old, if linfield where to build on quicksand like many other clubs who have had success in the LOI, im sure we could have been a higher standard much sooner. But thankfully our board has built up our revenue, kept the expenses well in budget & built a large amount of reserves so that if we do fail to qualify for Europe we can afford the hit.

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    Ironically the initial Dundalk success doesn't appear to have been built on quicksand. The first EL group stage qualification was quite genuine. They've failed spectacularly to build on things since then of course.

    Anyways, this is away from the point of why Shields has left exactly.

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