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Waterford FC is delighted to announce the signing of Darragh Leahy from Dundalk FC for an undisclosed fee.

The 25-year-old defender joins the Blues with a wealth of Premier Division experience, having spent the last four years with Dundalk FC – winning an FAI Cup during his time at Oriel Park, as well as spending two years prior to that at Dalymount Park with Bohemians under the guidance of now-Blues Head Coach Keith Long.

Leahy played 24 league games for Dundalk in 2023, providing 4 assists in that time – as well as playing four games in Dundalk’s Europa Conference League campaign.

The left-footed defender can play either centre-half or as a left-back, and strengthens the Blues squad as preparations continue for the 2024 League of Ireland Premier Division campaign.

With the 2024 SSE Airtricity Men’s Premier Division fixtures released this morning, the new Blue spoke to and is looking forward to getting the opportunity to play in front of the RSC next year:

“I’m absolutely delighted – It’s a massive club that’s on the up, and I can’t wait to get going.

“I’m only 25 but I’ve played a lot of games [in the Premier Division]. I’d like to think it would stand to the team; they obviously have winners in the squad by winning the play-off and getting promoted, so I can’t wait to get involved and help the team.

“I’ve played some of my best football under Keith [Long] at Bohs, and once I heard there was a bit of an interest there, I wanted to get everything sorted and thankfully it is now.

“I really can’t wait to play at the RSC next season. I know its probably a cliche, but when I played here with Dundalk in 2022 in the FAI Cup, the place was rocking. So I can’t wait to be a home player in front of that.”

Head Coach Keith Long is delighted to have secured the signing of Leahy ahead of the 2024 Premier Division campaign: 

“We’re delighted to bring Darragh to the football club, in what’s an exciting time for the club being back in the Premier Division.

“Darragh is a great professional, has good League of Ireland experience and comes to us at a good age.

“It’s a new challenge for Darragh and I know from working with him in the past, he has fantastic qualities that he can offer to our squad.”

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