WATERFORD FC NEWS
There was big news coming from the RSC as we went to print yesterday (Monday) as Waterford FC secured the signature of Waterford native Paddy Barrett (pictured above) on loan from Premier League side Dundalk until the end of the season.
Barrett, who turned 24 last month, put pen to paper on a deal that will see him join the Blues for the final six games of the season and also for the FAI Cup run that will see Waterford take on Shelbourne at the RSC next week.
After leaving Southend United to join Dundee United, Barrett made a return to the RSC on loan before winning promotion to the Premier League after joining Galway United in 2014 until he signed for the Lilywhites.
The defender won two Premier League titles with Stephen Kenny’s side also played a starring role in Dundalk’s amazing run in the Europa League where he made seven appearances. His move to the Blues is a massive one in the clubs bid for promotion to the top division.
GOOD TO BE BACK
Speaking on his decision to move back to his home club, Barrett said, “When the opportunity arose to join Waterford on loan until the end of the season, it allowed me the chance to try get the club back to the Premier Division. I’ve seen the team play this season and they’re so close to making a return to the top division. If I can play a part in that with six games remaining in the season, well I’d be delighted to do so.
“It’s fantastic to see the crowds return to the RSC because I remember a time not so long ago when the club was in a bad place. The turnaround this season is unbelievable and the whole running of the club from top to bottom is on a whole new level so it’s great to see things head in the right direction. It will be good to bring my experience to the squad for the last six games so we can get things over the line and win promotion. It would be also great to get a good run in the cup. We’ve a home game against Shelbourne and there is no reason why we can’t make our presence felt in that competition.
“I’m looking forward to getting started with the lads and meeting up with them for training. We have a tough game against Cabinteely on Friday night. They are in great form and had a good win against UCD last week. I know from keeping in touch with the lads that Stradbrook isn’t an easy place to go to and get a result so we’ll have to be ready for that game. But look, for now, it’s good to be back home and I’m really looking forward to helping Waterford make a return to the Premier Division.”
The Blues are expected to announce further comings and goings over the coming days.