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Ethan Boyle signs for Shamrock Rovers from Finn Harps

Shamrock Rovers have announced the signing of Ethan Boyle from Finn Harps.

Speaking on the official Shamrock Rovers website Stephen Bradley said, “I’ve liked Ethan for a long time. I think he brings a lot of qualities to us. He’s very athletic, powerful and he can use the ball. He’s very comfortable on the ball because he’s played midfield as well. He has a lot of really good attributes.

He’s a good age, he’s an Irish under 21 international so I think he’s a great fit for us. I believe we can help take Ethan’s game to the next level, make him into a top right back, centre-back and midfielder. He can play in 3 or 4 positions. I’ve known him for a number of years and he’s impressed me every time I’ve seen him, whether it’s right back or central midfield.

We had him on trial a couple of years ago (under Pat Fenlon). Back then I think we had too many players in those positions. Ethan has obviously gone off and played a lot of games in the league since then. When I spoke to him he just wanted to come and sign for us and get playing. He knows that he can be a big player for the club in the coming years. He’s really looking forward to it.”

Boyle was delighted to sign for the Hoops saying, “It didn’t take much persuasion. It’s a big club and the thought of playing for Shamrock Rovers is quite a big thing so I was more than happy to join. I’m very excited, I can’t wait to get to pre-season and hopefully get myself a starting position and hold it down.

Stephen Bradley hasn’t specifically spoken to me about right-back but he’s said that a position in the back four may be more suited. I’ve no problem staying in a position for a year and completely honing in on that position and becoming the best player I can.

I think I’m versatile, I can do a job in a lot of places. I’ve always said I like playing in midfield but I know there’s a lot of competition here. If they want me to play in midfield, right-back or centre-back I don’t mind.

It was a good experience (on trial at Rovers in 2016). I really enjoyed training with the team and it gave me an insight into the way things worked on a full-time basis. I was 18 or 19. I thought I did quite well. I wasn’t too worried that I didn’t sign back then, I knew if I kept working hard and doing what I was doing I would get full-time football somewhere and I’m quite happy that it’s at Shamrock Rovers now.

I think I’ve come on a lot. I’ve spent two years in the Premier Division, that’s a lot of experience for me. I really enjoyed it at Finn Harps. I made a lot of friends there and a lot of personal goals came through for me. Certain aspects of my game have been improved and still need to be improved and I’m sure that’ll happen here. “

(pic credit George Kelly)

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