Fleming ponders return to St Pat’s

CURTIS FLEMING could be set for a return to the eircom League.

St Patrick’s Athletic manager John McDonnell confirmed last night he has spoken with the former Saint and Republic of Ireland international about the possibility of returning to the Inchicore club.

“He has some other options and hasn’t ruled it in or out,” said McDonnell. “It was always one of his ambitions to come back and play for the Saints so we’ll have to wait and see.

“We also discussed the possibility of Curtis using his network of contacts to source players for the club and he could prove very valuable in that respect.”

Fleming won ten Republic of Ireland caps between 1996 and 1998.

Meanwhile, Pat’s have an ‘away’ fixture tonight against Shamrock Rovers at Richmond Park.

Elsewhere, Waterford United have re-signed Jose Quitongo, a diminutive winger who played with the Blues in the mid 90’s, having left Benfica en route to Hamilton Academicals.

Quitongo was born in Angola and left the capital, Luanda, at the age of 10 when a Benfica scout spotted him playing football in a local park and offered him a scholarship with the Portuguese club.

Benfica put him through school and offered him professional terms when he was 16.

He made a number of appearances for the first-team but left Lisbon in 1995 and arrived at Hamilton via the Blues and Darlington.

Following spells with Hearts, St Mirren and Kilmarnock, Quitongo found himself back at New Douglas Park.

He now returns to Waterford and has signed a contract until the end of the season.

He come into the Blues’ squad for tonight’s visit to league leaders Shelbourne and will be trying to prevent the league leaders establishing a nine point advantage.

Waterford have injury concerns with Willie Bruton (shoulder) and Kevin O’Brien (thigh), while midfielder Wayne Fitzgerald must undergo surgery on his knee.

He has played just two halves of football this season as he struggled to overcome the problem.

“I have been troubled with the knee all season and it required surgery to finally correct it. I will see the doctor later this week and have the operation. I am hoping to back in six weeks all going well,” he commented.

In tonight’s other fixture, fifth-placed Bohemians will be anxious to get back to winning ways at the expense of bottom club Dublin City.

The Gypsies have been playing well of late and a win could see them draw level with second-placed Cork City on 27 points.

In Division One, UCD take on Finn Harps at Belfield and Monaghan United host Dundalk at Century Homes Park.

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