Waterford FC is delighted to announce the signing of Lithuanian international Karolis Chvedukas. The 27-year-old joins the club having spent the 2018 season with Dundalk.
Midfielder Chvedukas has been capped 19 times for his country; including five appearances in Lithuania’s World Cup qualification campaign in 2016 and 2017.
Chvedukas scored on his Dundalk debut and made a number of appearance last season, including against Alan Reynolds’ Blues side, before a niggling ankle injury disrupted his second half of the season.
The midfielder, who is returning to fitness after a mid-season operation, has played in the top flight in Lithuania, as well as spells in Poland and Croatia.
Speaking to WaterfordFC.ie after signing, Karolis said:
“I’m looking forward to joining the club. I had a good chat with Alan [Reynolds] and made the decision to come to Waterford.
“I’ve been working hard on my recovery from the operation with the help of Danny [Miller] at Dundalk and I can’t thank him enough.
“It’s going well, I’m back on the pitch and I can’t wait to get playing again. That’s the most important thing at the moment to work on my recovery and my fitness and help the team.
“I know a bit about the club like two years ago the club won the First Division and now this season there’s European football. I played against them last season and I liked the style and the way they try to play. I think it will suit me and how I like to play football too, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Speaking to WaterfordFC.ie after completing the signing, manager Alan Reynolds said:
“We’re really happy to bring Karolis to the club. He’s well on his way to full fitness with the great work he’s been doing with the Dundalk medical team. He’s a strong midfielder who’ll offer us plenty.
“We’re trying to strengthen the squad and Karolis is part of that. He’s a great reader of the game and likes to keep the ball moving so will give us good options going forward. He’s got lots of experience from playing in Europe too so that will stand to us as a group of players.
“I want to thank Dundalk for their co-operation in getting this deal sorted, too. We’re still working hard to add to the squad, but we need to make sure we’re getting the right players; we won’t rest until we have the players we want.”