Shane Blaney has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract at Doncaster Rovers – but the Letterkenny man wants to make an immediate impact.
Blaney makes the move to the League One outfit from Finn Harps.
Former Illistrin FC schoolboy Blaney made a breakthrough to the Harps first team at the end of last season.
A former captain of the Republic of Ireland schoolboys side, who was previously courted by Derby County, Blaney impressed Donny boss Darren Ferguson while on trial.
“The aim is just to get as fit and strong as I can using the facilities here and put in the hard work,” Blaney said.
“If I keep working hard I can eventually get into the first-team.
“I’m working with the fitness coaches now, then hopefully I can get a few games for the Development team and show the manager and the lads what I can do.”
Blaney – who will celebrate his 19th birthday on Saturday – has signed a deal to keep him at Doncaster until the summer of 2020.
Doncaster manager is Darren Ferguson son of the legendary Manchester Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
“I’m very happy that Shane is now joining us here at Doncaster. We have been watching his progress at Finn Harps and have had him over here a couple of times,” Ferguson said.
“Shane wants to take his football career to the next stage so the coaching staff and management here are very much looking forward to helping him realise his ambitions with us at Doncaster Rovers.
“Our Chief Executive and the Chairperson would like to thank Finn Harps for their help in the negotiations and it’s refreshing to see a Club that wants to see players like Shane progress in their careers”.
Harps boss Ollie Horgan said: “Shane has been over for trials with a couple of clubs and it’s great now that the breakthrough has come for him with Doncaster Rovers.
“It’s a great opportunity for any young lad to get and I and all at Finn Harps want to wish him the very best in his ambition to make a career as a full-time professional footballer.”Tags: