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McGee and Pierson set for London switch


Cavan's Gerald Pierson and Donegal's Eamonn McGee
12 January 2010

Donegal defender Eamonn McGee and Cavan forward Gerald Pierson are expected to throw in their lot with the London footballers.

The news is a major boost to the Exiles who are benefiting from the recession after emigration from Ireland to the English capital came to a virtual standstill during the Celtic Tiger years.

McGee has joined Tir Chonaill Gaels, but is not eligible to play for the Greenford-based club in Sunday week's All-Ireland club quarter-final against Munster champions Tir Chonaill Gaels.

Gowna clubman Pierson has also moved to London and is not included in Cavan's McKenna Cup squad, so the door is open for him to join the Exiles.

Former London manager Noel Dunning, who is now part of a three-man selection committee along with Liam Brennan and Martin McGrath, is also hoping Gary McCloskey will come on board after jetting back home to play for Leitrim in last year's league and championship.

Confirming that McGee and Pierson were on the management's radar, the Westmeath native said in the Irish Daily Star: "He (McGee) is over. He is involved with Tir Chonaill Gaels, helping them out, so he hasn't been involved with London yet.

"I'd certainly hope he'd commit, but I haven't spoken to him at any great length. I haven't spoken to any Tir Chonaill Gaels players. I don't want to try and derail them from what they are trying to achieve."

On Pierson, he added: "We'd be hoping we'd have him." 

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