Dundalk FC are delighted to announce that Darragh Leahy has signed for the club.
Leahy is an Ireland underage international all the way from U17 to current U21 and has featured prominently in their superb campaign to date which sees them top of their qualifying group for the UEFA European Championships.
The 21 year-old spent time as a youth with St. Kevin’s Boys and Malahide United before moving to Coventry City however he returned home at the end of 2016 to join Bohemians.
The left back moves to Oriel Park after two years at Bohemians and has signed a two year deal at the club.
Speaking to dundalkfc.com after putting pen-to-paper, the 21 year-old admitted his feeling of pride at signing for the champions.
“It’s a very proud moment for me to sign for Dundalk FC. I am delighted to get things done and it was good to get everything over the line. I just can’t wait to get started and looking forward to being here.
“I had a great two years at Bohemians, I enjoyed it very much and I will always be grateful to the coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to play in the league here.”
Leahy feels he is making the move to the Lilywhites at the right time for him as a player and is intent on challenging for trophies in the 2020 season and beyond.
“I feel the time is right for a new challenge for me. The club have been so successful over the last few years and that was a major attraction for me.
“The plans for the club going forward really excite me.
“I just want to keep winning here. I want to win trophies. We have a big year ahead of us and the Champions League to look forward to. It’s going to an exciting year and I am looking forward to competing.
“I want to win and I can’t wait to get started. I am looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead.”
Also commenting was Assistant Head Coach Ruaidhri Higgins who expressed his delight at bringing Darragh to Oriel Park and also reflected on the winter so far.
“Darragh is a fantastic addition to the group not only with his footballing ability but also fits the culture at our club with his character and professionalism
“He brings a real hunger and freshness to the group which is important. For such a young player, he has good experience through his few seasons at Bohemians where they played a huge part in his development and he will continue to develop with us. He has been excellent in his games for Ireland U-21’s also. Darragh has all the physical and technical attributes to be a brilliant player for this club and he has a huge career ahead of him if he keeps developing and working hard.
“That brings our new faces to three and we feel that they bring real quality and freshness to the group. We are in a really strong position with our squad and we will continue to work hard in the market but we will only add again if we feel the player improves the squad and has the right character.”