Dundalk FC have further strengthened their squad ahead of the 2020 season with left-back Darragh Leahy signing for the club from SSE Airtricity League rivals Bohemian FC.
The 21-year-old defender arrives at Oriel Park after a impressive 2019 campaign in which he has also established himself as a mainstay of Stephen Kenny’s Republic of Ireland Under 21 squad. Leahy’s performances for Keith Long’s Bohs since arriving in the League of Ireland at the start of the 2017 season has seen him become one of the most coveted young players in the division.
With Dean Jarvis departing Oriel Park last month, Leahy will now go head-to-head with Dane Massey for the left-back slot in Vinny Perth’s starting XI. The youngster has represented his country from Under 17 level through to Under 21, where he has been a mainstay in the team that has shot to the top of the UEFA European Championship qualifying group under ex-Dundalk boss Kenny. Leahy turned out for St Kevin’s Boys and Malahide United before making the switch to Coventry City.
He joins Greg Sloggett and Will Patching as the new arrivals at Dundalk this term, with Sloggett arriving from UCD and the latter joining up with the Lilywhites after leaving Notts County in August. Patching has previously been on the books at Manchester City.
The club have been so successful over the last few years and that was a major attraction for me
“The club have been so successful over the last few years and that was a major attraction for me.”
- Darragh Leahy
- Dundalk FC
Speaking to DundalkFC.com after signing, Leahy expressed his delight at inking terms with the SSE Airtricity League 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. 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,” he continued.
“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.”