Chris Lyons: The curious case of a League of Ireland transfer

The 24-year-old joined Bray Wanderers of Tuesday morning

Chris Lyons: The curious case of a League of Ireland transfer

Chris Lyons in action for Bray Wanderers in 2015. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Transfers involving League of Ireland clubs can be an unusual business.

Fees are almost never involved between the sides, meaning out-of-favour players may be released in the middle of the season by one club, before joining another days later. 

That's a situation that happened to Chris Lyons in recent days. Lyons, who signed for Sligo Rovers ahead of the start of the season, was let go by the club ten days ago.

Nothing was heard about Lyons until Sunday evening, when First Division side Drogheda United announced on Twitter that Lyons was to join the club. The tweet has since been deleted, with the only remaining thread of evidence, coming from a Sligo Rovers fan account.

Despite revealing that Lyons was to join the club, Drogheda United had to quickly backtrack on Monday evening, claiming that Lyons was to return to one of his former clubs Bray Wanderers.

That news has since been confirmed by Bray Wanderers, with Lyons returning for another spell at the club. He left at the end of last season to move to the north-west and was one of Dave Robertson's first signings in Sligo.

While Drogheda United certainly have a right to be aggrevied by what has happened, no contract was signed and Lyons decided to remain with a Premier Division club.

League of Ireland transfers can be a funny business.