Drogheda United continue to put the finishing touches to their squad for another crack at promotion to the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division – with goalkeeper Ross Treacy the latest arrival to United Park in the close season window.
Treacy, 21, has made the short switch to the Drogs from local rivals Dundalk FC where he has spent the last two seasons as third choice goalkeeper behind veteran Gary Rogers and Monaghan man Aaron McCarey. A highly thought of prospect in his youth, Treacy will be keen to establish himself as Tim Clancy’s number one in the season ahead.
Last season saw Luca Gratzer usurp Paul Skinner as Drogheda’s first choice goalkeeper and while the youngster impressed with some mature performances between the posts, he was powerless to prevent United suffering playoff heartache for the second year in succession. 30-year-old Skinner has now left the club to become goalkeeping coach at Shelbourne – leaving new signing Treacy and Gratzer as Clancy’s options.
The former Swansea City and Ireland underage keeper said the chance to come to Drogheda was an easy one. “Tim got in touch with me at the end of the season and offered me the opportunity to come to the club. Based on what he said, and how close they came last season, it was a no brainer,” he told the club’s official media.
“I had to, I couldn’t turn it down, I can see us going the full way this season, again. The squad, the players, I’m just looking forward to being a part of it. “I’ll just be putting the head down and get back to doing what I’m good at. I’ll be trying to get into the team, impressing the manager, getting to know all the lads.
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“If I get into the team, it’s up to me to stay there and try push the club to where it’s should be, in the Premier Division by getting promotion,” he added. Treacy also paid tribute to former Drogheda United goalkeeper Gary Rogers, who he worked with for two years at Oriel Park alongside McCarey and another ex-Drog – goalkeeping coach Steve Williams.
“Day in day out, training, he (Gary Rogers) never stops. He’s great to learn off. He holds records of appearances, clean sheets, everything you want to do as a goalkeeper, he holds it. Everyday he comes in and had a great attitude, I couldn’t have picked anyone better to learn off.
“He’s been there, done it all and is still doing it at the highest level. It can only make you better as a keeper, it’s been a great process learning off him and Aaron McCarey, another experienced keeper. It can only benefit me in the long run.