Transfer season comes to an end soon, but the the 2016/17 winter window has been an interesting one to say the least.
Not quite as active or exciting as recent Summer windows for obvious reasons, but a host of clubs have added impressively to their squads.
We have no doubt that some of the unheralded moves may prove the best ones, but we still picked our top five from the hundreds of confirmed moves to date.
Like all things football opinion these are all subjective and we don’t expect many to agree with all our choices, indeed some might think we haven’t got one right.
Regardless here are our ‘top five transfers of the winter window to date’.
Aji Sule- Newbridge Town
The race for promotion and indeed the title in Senior Sunday 1 is tight and when it could come down to a potential photo finish Aji Sule is a man you want in the race. Sule produced some crucial point winning interventions the year Bluebell United ended their 28 year wait for the Senior Sunday title and was important the year after as they retained the crown. The combative wide man is a goal threat and is full of energy and running. The Amateur International, who can also play centrally, earned a move to Shelbourne on the back of his LSL performances, but moved to Cabinteely soon after. He is back in the Intermediate ranks and surprisingly returns in Senior 1 with Newbridge Town.
However, there are those who suggest he won’t be long about making a top flight return as Paul Perth men are in promotion pole, currently top of the table.
The likes of Dublin Bus, Portmarnock, TEK, Glebe and even Lexilip will hope to have a say, but having brought in the likes of Sule, who scored a brace on his debut and former Crumlin and Bluebell United title winner Barry Slattery, Town will be confident they can at the very least make on of the top three places their own.
Ryan Coombes-Bluebell United
Probably the most surprising move of the window to date. Bluebell United signed a talented striker from their title rivals. Ryan Coombes comes in from Cherry Orchard in a move that could prove a blow to the Ballyfermot side and a massive boost to ‘Bell.
Coombes adds something different to the champions attack and the leagues top scorer could ensure they see off all challenges to retain their crown.
The player who can lead the line or play in behind to equal effect may challenge Shane Strich for the number 9 jersey or may even play off the striker. United are not stuck in the creative 10 department, but Coombes is more Bergkamp 10 than David Silva 10 and would ensure goals not just assists from the position.
Martin Cramer- Lucan United
Another lower league big name signing! Lucan United managed to sign themselves a bonifide amateur football legend.
John Doyle has persuaded Martin Cramer to come out of retirement and join his young side. Cramer is only second to Gerry Bambrick as the most name dropped in our My Best #11 series and has even been mentioned by people that played against and not with him.
The all round midfielder and natural leader may have come to late to help Lucan mount a promotion push in an competitive LSL Senior 1A division, but the young players around him and as a result the club will benefit long term.
Not only is Cramer a talent, but a natural leader and a game changer.
Alan McGreal- St Mochtas
St Mochtas have signed some big names over the seasons and their team can read like a whose who of amateur football on any given week. However the signing of McGreal could prove crucial as they try to win their first ever Senior Sunday title.
While the Saints have talent in their ranks they don’t boast too many players with the collection of medals McGreal has. The creative and goal scoring former Crumlin United wide man would be a welcome addition to any squad, but he could help the Porterstown club in terms of getting over the line experience.
While he may not be the most vocal on the pitch, preferring to let his feet do the talking his experience and game know how may rub off and even prove vital in the tail end of the season.
George O’Callaghan- Rockmount
We are not too sure what George O’Callaghan has left in the tank, but that hasn’t stopped him making this list. You can’t sign a LOI of Ireland legend and not claim it as a coup.
‘King George’ has signed for Rockmount and at the very least will ensure more interest in the Munster Senior League top flight and Rockmount in particular.
O’Callaghan’s experience and natural talent will obviously benefit the Cork side. He has played as high as the Championship and has management experience in the professional league albeit in Asia with Malaysian side Sabah.