Good point Sean we used to have a steady stream of talent coming out off the Emerald Isle but seems to have dried up of late. Maybe our scouts if we have any these days look at the wrong end of the age range. Old tight RS Bates likes players on approval before he will shell out from the Bank of Bates and wont look beyond the loan market, which would not suit the likes of some of the smaller teams on tighter budgets than ours. Send Bates a copy of your post in an envelope with " Donation to the East Stand Development Fund" on the front and you might have a chance of him opening and reading it. Thanks for the post good to hear from across water.