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Football: RACE BEGINS TO SHEL OUT FOR DOHERTY.

Byline: MICHAEL SCULLY

KEVIN Doherty has been placed on the transfer list by Shelbourne - sparking interest from Waterford United and Drogheda United.

The ex-Liverpool defender has been hit by injuries during his four-year spell at Tolka Park but still won three eircom Premier Division titles in that time.

Doherty has a year left on his contract but Shels boss Pat Fenlon has told him that he will be well down the pecking order next year due to the form of centre-backs Jamie Harris and Dave Rogers - and the arrival of Colin Hawkins from Bohs.

"It's a tough decision to leave because I love the club and have had nothing but success since I've been here," said the 24-year-old.

"But Pat has been honest with me and I know it will take a lot for me to get back in the side.

"Hopefully some manager will feel I can make a difference, I want to be a first-choice centre-back now at my age and I want to stay full-time."

Waterford boss Alan Reynolds has expressed an interest and Paul Doolin at Drogheda may also make a move for Doherty.

Fenlon said: We'd be sorry to lose him but it may be in his own best interest to regular football with another side."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 21, 2004
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