There is nothing official, but Ballymun United fielded two Sheriff favourites in Crumlin last night.
It’s not unusual for players to test the waters at numerous clubs during pre season both training and playing games to see if they fit into a set up.
In that regard the appearance of the Sheriff stalwarts may be a case of ‘much to do about nothing’.
However, the fact Alan Reilly and John Giles have taken charge of the LSL Senior Sunday new boys would suggest there is serious interest in both players and serious interest in defecting to The ‘Mun from both players.
John Lester and Mark Higgins both wore the yellow of Ballymun on Tuesday in the Crumlin United Summer Cup and played a part in a 5-1 win over Greenhills/Greenpark.
Signing both players would add some serious experience,winning know how and talented to the ambitious Mun squad.
Lester’s resume speaks for itself. The midfielder, who played in the Tommy Clements Cup for Sheriff, has been one of the best players junior soccer has seen and was possibly the key component to Sheriff’s unmitigated success over the last seven years.
The sitting midfielder with an eye for a pass and surprising aerial ability was key to Reilly’s tactics while at Sheriff.
The former LOI player and Everton youth did have a short stint in the LSL top flight last season with Greystones before returning ‘home’ to Sheriff, but seems at the very least to be flirting with a second go at the Intermediate top grade.
Former Malahide midfielder Higgins also made an appearance in the pre season competition for Ballymun. Higgins was used wide left for Sheriff more often than not and scored the winner in the 2015 FAI Junior Cup win over Pike Rovers.