Rovers battle competition for Keena signing

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Sligo Rovers have completed the signing of striker Aidan Keena from Falkirk.

The 22-year-old leaves the Scottish squad on a free transfer and becomes the fourth new signing.

Rovers beat Bohemians to the signing of Keena who was the subject of interest from the Dublin club The champions of Sligo understood this.

He signed for the 2022 season. He started his career at St Patrick’s Athletic as a teenager where his form in academy football saw him move to Hearts in the Scottish Premiership.

The former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international has scored five times and also had loan spells with Queen’s Park and Dunfermline Athletic and Hartlepool.

. Keena has scored five goals in half a season at Falkirk and is now joining Rovers.

Manager Liam Buckley, who worked with Keena at St Pat’s, said: “Aidan will bring a lot to the group. As well as scoring goals, he is an extremely hard worker and attacking presence. “He’s a great guy and he’s coming to us at a really good time for both parties.

“He’s had short-term loans which are never easy and he’s shown he can score and do well for a team. Defenders will struggle against him and we’ll give him the platform to show what he’s got.” speak.

“Since leaving St Pat’s I’ve watched his progress and he thinks it’s a good time to come and play in Ireland. I’m delighted to bring him here.

“Aidan had some games in Scotland mid-season, he scored in back-to-back games so we’ll do our best to make sure he settles in well and he’s available for us in the next friendly. matches.”

Buckley added: “As I said, teams evolve over time and we will bring more quality players to the club. I look at our group and I can see the best players we have here.

“Aidan joins that roster now and we’re not done figuring out who we’re bringing in. When we finish that it will leave us very competitive I think.”

Keena told sligorovers.com: “I’m very happy to be here and get the deal done. I’m really looking forward to being on the pitch now.

“When the interest came I had previously worked with Liam Buckley at St Patrick’s Athletic and saw it as a good opportunity to come back to a good league and a good club. Most of the guys I played with at under-19 level before I left are playing in the league now, so it’s good to come back and see that.

“I’m here to score goals, that’s why the club brought me in, so I’m going to try to score as many as possible and play well and try to get as high up the table as possible.

“Guys are in pre-season but I like to think I’m pretty fit now. I’m halfway through the season. I’ll be looking to hit the ground running. I had a few other options in Ireland but they don’t didn’t have European football with them, that was a difference.

“The other factor was that I know how Liam Buckley settles in and plays football working under him before. I like to think I’m good with the ball myself so I’m looking forward to getting involved. and to tie the game. I can be short, run behind the defense, I don’t really mind that and it depends on the team setup. As long as I get serve in the box, I hope I’m fine To do.

Keena would like to see Rovers continue their top four finishes from the past two seasons and wants his goals to contribute to that.

“It’s third and fourth in the league the last two seasons, so don’t look down. You want to stay up there and go higher and try to fight for it. We are not far from it. I think a lot of clubs will be looking to get into it this season.

“I want to score goals, the more I can score the better the team will do. If I can do that the team will be up there.

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