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Transfer blow for Portsmouth with transfer target set to join Doncaster Rovers

According to The Irish Sun, former Cork City midfielder Kieran Sadlier is closing in on a move to League One side Doncaster Rovers, who look set to beat League leaders Portsmouth to the Irishman’s signature.

Irish midfielder Kieran Sadlier looks set to join League One side Doncaster Rovers, despite interest from League leaders Portsmouth. The midfielder’s contract at Cork City came to an end after the FAI Cup Final, leaving him without a club but highly in demand. Rotherham United were also linked with a move for the 24-year-old, but Grant McCann’s Doncaster look set to win the race for the playmaker.

The playmaker can play on either wing or in centre-attacking midfield position, but played a significant goalscoring role for the Rebel Army. In 34 games this season, Sadlier scored 16 goals, making him the second top scorer in the league. His 16 goals in the League were accompanied by another 10 goals in domestic competitions, taking his total to 26 for the campaign.

The Irishman started his youth career with League Two side Cambridge United, before moving to West Ham. After eight years with The Hammers, Sadlier had a few months with St. Mirren, before moving to League One side Peterborough United in 2015.

He spent just one season with The Posh, making just one appearance. In 2016, he returned to Ireland with Sligo Rovers, scoring 15 in 48 from 2016 to 2017.

The midfielder’s time at Peterborough United was far from successful, but Sadlier has come on leaps and bounds since his time at London Road. The 24-year-old enjoys taking on full backs, and can score from all over the pitch. His technical ability is far above the level of the Irish League, and could make a significant impact at the Keepmoat Stadium

The former Peterborough United winger has gone through somewhat of a resurgence since leaving The Posh back in 2016, where he never proved himself in the first team. However, he has been an influential player in the Irish League, and will be hoping he can impress under former colleague Grant McCann.

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