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Friday 04 Aug 2023
Roundup | Summer transfer news

So far it has been a busy summer for Northern Ireland men's players in the transfer market with quite a number of Michael O’Neill’s senior squad heading for pastures new for the upcoming season.

All three senior goalkeepers will be starting the campaign at new clubs following Bailey-Peacock Farrell’s season-long loan from Burnley to Danish side AGF Aarhus, Conor Hazard’s move to newly promoted Plymouth Argyle and Luke Southwood’s return to Cheltenham Town where he spent last season on loan from Reading.

Nineteen-year-old Shea Charles was snapped up by Championship side Southampton for a fee in the region of £15 million from Premier League champions Manchester City, while defender Jamal Lewis will be hoping for an extended run in the Watford first team after arriving at Vicarage Road on loan from Newcastle United. 

One of the most unexpected moves of the close season was Jonny Evans’ return to Manchester United on a short-term deal after his contract expired at relegated Leicester City. 

One player who left Old Trafford was midfielder Ethan Galbraith who penned a two-year deal with last season’s League Two champions Leyton Orient, though diminutive striker Paul Smyth left Brisbane Road to return to Queens Park Rangers after a two-year absence.

The highly-rated Isaac Price made the switch to Belgian football with Standard Liege after his contract at Everton came to an end, while Conor McMenamin’s expected move from Glentoran materialised with a transfer to the Scottish Premiership with St Mirren, who are managed by former Northern Ireland assistant boss Stephen Robinson.  

Striker Conor Washington is back in League One after signing for Derby County from Rotherham United and two of Nottingham Forest’s rising stars, Aaron Donnelly and Dale Taylor, secured season-long loans with Dundee and Wycombe Wanderers respectively. 

There will be a good contingent of Northern Ireland players on England's South Coast this term after Terry Devlin (Glentoran) and Gavin Whyte (Cardiff City) linked up with Paddy Lane at League One Portsmouth.

Below is a full list of transfers by Northern Ireland players since the end of last season.

Kofi Balmer – Crystal Palace to Port Vale (loan)

Dylan Berry – Norwich City to Havant & Waterlooville (loan)

Trevor Carson – St Mirren to Dundee

Shea Charles – Manchester City to Southampton

Chris Conn-Clarke – Fleetwood to Accrington Stanley

Terry Devlin – Glentoran to Portsmouth

Aaron Donnelly – Nottingham Forest to Dundee (loan)

Jonny Evans – Leicester City to Manchester United (short-term)

Ethan Galbraith – Manchester United to Leyton Orient

Conor Hazard – Celtic to Plymouth

Matthew Kennedy – Aberdeen to Kilmarnock

Jamal Lewis – Newcastle United to Watford (loan)

Alfie McCalmont – Leeds United to Carlisle United

Sam McClelland – Chelsea to St Johnstone

Michael McGovern – Norwich City to Hearts

JJ McKiernan – Watford to Morecambe

Conor McMenamin – Glentoran to St Mirren

Bailey Peacock-Farrell – Burnley to AGF Aarhus (loan)

Isaac Price – Everton to Standard Liege

Paul Smyth – Leyton Orient to QPR

Luke Southwood – Reading to Cheltenham Town

Cameron Stewart – Ipswich Town to Cove Rangers (loan)

Dale Taylor – Nottingham Forest to Wycombe Wanderers (loan)

Conor Washington -Rotherham United to Derby County

Gavin Whyte – Cardiff City to Portsmouth