The transfer window came to a close on September 30.
Although it was quite as sensational as the windows covered by Sky Sports there were still some big moves at amateur level.
Junior and Intermediate clubs brought in players of various abilities and with varied histories.
Here in JSP Towers we attempted to keep track of all the movers and shakers over the Summer window and below we bring you what we believe were the five best pieces of business done at amateur level.
Gary Dempsey-Greystones United AFC to North End United
As FAI Junior Cup champions North End United have to be deemed the best junior football side in the country.
The have a strong squad littered with former League of Ireland talent and having one it once will be confident they have the talent to win the biggest cup competition in Europe again this season.
However, that didn’t stop manager John Godkin looking to improve the squad. Considering his age it might be a push to call Gary Dempsey fresh blood but the experienced and well traveled player would improve most junior and even intermediate squads in the country.
During his time as player manager at Greystones Dempsey proved he’s still got it performing week in week out at the top Intermediate level. Granted ‘Stones went down during his last season, but he oversaw two great escapes while at the helm of the Wicklow club and alongside Karl Manahan was their best player.
The former Aberdeen player will be a danger at junior level and having that kind of experience around the club can only be a plus.
Craig Walsh Bray Wanderers to Crumlin United
It might be a contentious addition to this list considering Walsh was at Crumlin during pre season.
However, the club resigned him after a short stint with Bray Wanderers. The talented midfielder was one of the players let go for financial reasons by the Seaguls-former St Patricks CY wide man Daniel Kelly, who is now at Bohemians, was another-and Longford Town were close to securing this signature.
However, the former Inchicore Atheltic player decided to return to Pearse Park. While the Brady brothers Liam and Gareth as well as the return of James Lee were also highlight signings Walsh’s could prove pivotal.
The former LOI player was sensational for Martin Loughran’s men last term and can prove a match winner on any given day.
Darragh Rainsford Carew Park to Pike Rovers
Pike Rovers reached the FAI Junior Cup final for a second time under Mike Shiels last season and for the second time lost out.
The Limerick side are fancied to go far again this term and with reigning league champions Janesboro suffering a surprise fall at the first hurdle are considered Limerick’s best FAI Junior bet.
If they are to reach the latter stages and indeed the final Rainsford is the kind of player that could help them lift the trophy at the Aviva Stadium.
The former Limerick FC player, who signed alongside the likes of Jonathan Grant and Conor Kavanagh has that little bit extra about him. He is capable of magic moments be them in assisting or scoring goals and could prove vital in Pikes title push. However, as a big game player he could prove the key to any major FAI Junior success.
Mark Power College Corinthians to Cobh Wanderers
In Michael Devine Cobh Wanderers had one of the countries finest keepers. Even though the former League of Ireland net minder played amateur for his local club in the twilight of his career he was still one of their top performers.
Indeed, his displays helped them reach the FAI Intermediate Cup two seasons ago and he was key in their recent rise to prominence.
Replacing him was always going to prove difficult, but Wanderers managed to do so by signing one of the countries best net minders.
Mark Power came in from College Corinthians and his arrival now means Cobh boast an Irish amateur International and a Regions Cup player among their ranks.
David Grincell unattached to Freebooters
The bringing home of David Grincell to Freebooters proved one of the signings of the window.
The Kilkenny side brought in one of the most respected and consistent strikers in the amateur game.
‘The Grinc’ has a number of junior international caps to his name as well as some League of Ireland experience and will be a massive addition the the KDL side this season.
Grincell had been a stand out for Evergreen FC before he left Waterford back in 2010 but made the switch to Newpark AFC before moving to St Michael’s in Tipperary.
At the Saints Grincell collected a number of league titles, but one of Kilkenny’s most noted goal getters moved abroad for work last year and was lost to the Irish amateur game. He returns now to his local club and could help their FAI Junior Cup hopes.
James O’Brien Shelbourne to Bluebell
Noel Murphy Crumlin to St Mochtas
Robert Douglas St James Gate to Oliver Bond
Leo Staunton Usher Celtic to Oliver Bond
Aaron Nunan Janesboro to Ballynanty Rovers
Jonathan Grant Carew Park to Pike Rovers
Kenny Carr Newbridge to Mochtas
Jordan Buckley Shelbourne Usher Celtic