Hamilton Olympic lose goalkeeper Danny Ireland for rest of 2017

MAJOR LOSS: Former Australian under-20 goalkeeper Danny Ireland.

MAJOR LOSS: Former Australian under-20 goalkeeper Danny Ireland.

Hamilton will be without No.1 goalkeeper Danny Ireland for the rest of the season.

Ireland has struggled with illness this year and played only seven times, last featuring in the 2-0 win over Weston in round eight.

Former Lake Macquarie and West Wallsend shot-stopper Tyler Warren, who joined Hamilton this year, has filled the breach.

Coach Michael Bolch said Ireland “won’t be back this year” and he hoped the confirmation would help his side focus on the job at hand with eight matches to go.

“Tyler Warren will be in goals for the rest of the season,” Bolch said. “He’s done really well, and this just brings a bit of closure. It’s a bit of security in that we know where we’re going now. It’s obviously disappointing to lose the best keeper in the competition but it is what it is, and the boys will step up.”

On the plus side, Bolch expected Olympic to improve in attack as Rhys Cooper continues his comeback from a knee injury. Cooper scored and set up a goal in a 3-0 win over Adamstown in his return two weeks ago.