Dundalk duo given warning as they ponder cross-water move
The grass is not always greener on the other side of the water. That's Roy Keane's message to Dundalk duo Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle as they consider their options following a year of progress that has catapulted them into the Republic of Ireland squad for Saturday's date in Austria.
As both players are out of contract, there is anticipation that they will be afforded the opportunity to move on over the winter with a host of Championship clubs monitoring their situation.
Keane met an array of characters representing English and Scottish sides at Sunday's FAI Cup final and knows they are being watched. But he says that the example of Richie Towell - who has failed to get going at Brighton after a year that has been interrupted by setbacks - shows that individuals have to be careful about their next move.
"People say can they step up? That's the million dollar question. You don't know," he said.
"Their mate went over there last year, Towell. I bought one or two players over the years, going back to (David) Meyler, Roy O'Donovan, Colin Healy, and sometimes there's a big gap.
"But the benefits of playing in Europe and their fitness levels will help them.
"And they have the option to stay at Dundalk. Who's to say they're not happy and settled and will get contracts they want?
"Towell went over last year and he's had injuries and it's not quite happened. So it's not all this fantasy that you go over to England and everything falls into place for you. Certainly not."