Shamrock Rovers are a club that are looking to the long-term future and success for their club with an outstanding youth academy and high investment within the senior team.
The League of Ireland due to European money and club owners is potentially going to over the next few seasons turn into a Scottish League / La Liga style league with only two clubs competing for the title.
Dundalk who has won five of the last six League titles and along with Shamrock Rovers will be the teams competing with each other for the top spot over the coming years in our opinion.
The already financially rewarding Academy (sold many players from the academy – eg Bazunu 500k) plus potential investment from Dermot Desmond could be a great combination for Shamrock Rovers over the coming years. Shamrock Rovers still have a lot of work to do if they are to catch Dundalk this season at 15/2 with most reliable Irish football betting sites.
Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk use different models to build their teams with Rovers using their academy to bring players through such as Gavin Bazunu, Aaron Bolger, Sean Boyd & Trevor Clarke along with also bringing in top talent from other clubs such as Jack Byrne, Graham Cummins, Ronan Finn & Aaron McEneff whereas Dundalk just use the latter as a business model.
Both clubs have huge strengths within the League of Ireland and are building squads that are competing at a better level in Europe each season. Dundalk were put out in the third qualifying round this season as Rovers went out in the second round with both clubs playing great attacking football but ultimately fell short to better opposition with bigger budgets and a higher calibre of player. This is something that both clubs are looking into with the calibre of players they are looking to sign.
Dundalk haven’t had a player play for their club that came through the academy since last season when Gavin Smith featured for a game (now signed with Warrenpoint) and the last regular would have been Shane Grimes back in 2017.
This system has served Dundalk very well in the last few years with a huge amount of League and Cup trophies so it cannot be argued with. However, let’s say Peak6 (Dundalk owners) pull out of the club, is there a conveyor belt of talent coming through and being utilised in Dundalk if the money dries up?
Recent years would suggest not.
This is why in the future years there is a possibility of Shamrock Rovers surpassing Dundalk as the dominant side in the League of Ireland as they have a solid Academy with a big focus put on developing and using these players for the senior side.