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It’s been a busy few weeks for Waterford FC in the transfer window with seven players joining Keith Long’s side ahead of the business end of the 2023 season.

The Blues sit second in the table in the play off spots and will be looking to go one better after play-off defeat in 2022.

The start of July saw the arrival of Serge Atakayi on loan from St Patrick’s Athletic. The exciting 24-year-old winger joined to give the Blues further attacking options for the rest of the season.

Next up saw the arrival of three players in a day as squad building continued. Pacy 26-year-old attacker Christie Pattisson, who can also play as a striker, was joined by 6ft central midfielder Sam Perry who joined from Walsall.

Drew Baker made the switch from Dalymount Park to the RSC as the Fleetwood Town defender joined Keith Long’s team on loan for the remainder of the season, to add some depth to the Blues defensive options, having spent the first half of the season with Bohemians.

Mid-July saw some outgoings with Dean Larkin departing on loan to Cobh Ramblers before Tunmise Sobowale moved to Shrewsbury Town for an undisclosed fee.

Having impressed in our friendly match against Fleetwood Town, Harry Nevin and Cameron Cresswell both joined to add to the Blues squad for the busy period ahead. Defender Harry, 19, spent the past three years plying his trade in England at Preston North End, while 26-year-old attacker Cameron spent the second half of last season with IK Start in Norway’s OBOS-ligaen.

Thomas Oluwa joined Wexford FC on loan before Romeo Akachukwu and Jason Healy both signed long-term contracts at the club.

25-year-old goalkeeper Sam Sargeant joined having spent the last seven years at Leyton Orient; part of the squad that won promotion to League 1 last season, before Matthew Connor moved to Bray Wanderers on loan for the rest of the 2023 season following his return from injury.

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