The Tallaght side have shown some early transfer market intent after another disappointing season.
After this week confirming Stephen Bradley as their manager for the 2017 season, Shamrock Rovers have today gone one, or four better, by announcing the arrivals of four new players.
Ryan Connolly, Daniel Devine, Roberto Lopes and Paul Corry have all arrived, with Bradley placing a clear emphasis on youth for next year.
Connolly, a key component of Galway United’s midfield for the last few seasons, is joined by fellow Airtricity League midfield mainstay Roberto Lopes.
Lopes however, arrives under slightly more controversial circumstances, having regularly acted as captain for fierce rivals Bohemians last season.
The 24-year-old, who can play in midfield or defence, will provide an added spice to the derby next season, as fans have long viewed the crossing of the Bohs-Rovers divide as an act of genuine blasphemy.
The final midfield reinforcement comes in the form of Paul Corry, who makes his return to Irish football after spells in England with Sheffield Wednesday and Northampton Town.
Elsewhere, Bradley will hope that Daniel Devine’s arrival from Firhouse Clover will add some much needed steel to an at-times shaky back line from last season.
The quartet of players come as a pleasant but much needed surprise for fans of Ireland’s biggest club side, after a couple of sub-par seasons have seen Rovers fall worryingly behind the likes of Dundalk and Cork City.
Is Tallaght’s own Robbie Keane next on the wishlist? Rumours of a return to the country have been rife since the all-time leading Irish goalscorer announced his departure from the LA Galaxy.
Either way, it’s set to be a season of much-needed new beginnings at Tallaght Stadium.