Waterford FC captain, Kenny Browne, is one of nine players from last season that have resigned for the 2018 season. Photo: Inpho.
Waterford FC have added two experienced players to their list ahead of the 2018 SSE Airtricity Premier Division season after it was confirmed that both Kenny Browne and Paul Keegan will remain at the club for next season.
With Browne signing for the Blues from Cork City and Keegan signing last July from Doncaster Rovers, both players will be massive additions to Waterford’s challenge in the top division. It brings to eight players from last season that the club have managed to convince to remain on board for their Premier challenge.
Browne was a major signing for the club last season after the Waterford native returned to the RSC from Cork City where he could have picked up a league and cup double but instead he was a pivotal figure in the club’s promotion to the top division.
Rated as one of the top defenders in the league, Browne is delighted to commit his immediate future to the club and is looking forward to the Blues’ return to the Premier. “It’s great to see Waterford back in the Premier division and I’m looking forward to playing a part in that. Last season was fantastic, and it was brilliant to see the crowds return to the RSC.
“The support that we received throughout the season home and away is incredible. People have waited a while for Premier division football to return so we’re all hoping that we can bring this club to the next level where it belongs.
“It’s exciting times ahead and it’s the beginning of a new era for this club. It’s important that we’re able to compete in the division as it’s a massive step up. It’s a challenge that I’m relishing and we’re all just eager to get going over the next few weeks.”
The news that Paul Keegan has also committed to the club for another season is a big boost as the Dubliner has the experience of winning silverware in the top division with Drogheda United and Bohemians. He was also a man that got the Blues over the line in securing top flight football last season.
Keegan, who joined from Doncaster Rovers, is keen for the club to play “attractive” football again this season which was key to success in 2017. “I really enjoyed coming into the club in July. With the side already sitting top of the table, I just wanted to help continue the good season that the club was already having.”
“I enjoyed playing under the management team last season; they wanted us to play good football. It was great to be part of a team playing attractive attacking football. We want to continue the habit of winning games and playing attractive football.
“The support was brilliant all the way through and I look forward to seeing the big crowds again next season; we need to make the RSC a difficult place for away teams to visit. We’ll be hoping that we can get big crowds again next season and after that, anything is possible.
Commenting on the signings of both players, Waterford FC First Team Coach Alan Reynolds said, “to get both Kenny and Paul back for next season is fantastic. Both players are just real professionals and they were key players in getting this club to the Premier division.
“We are building a squad that has a lot of young, promising players but it is vital that we also secure experienced heads in the dressing room and on the pitch for the step up to the Premier Division. Both Kenny and Paul have proven track records of success in the top Division.
“Kenny came back from Cork last season when he could have stayed. He is a local lad and is regarded as one of the best defenders in the division so to have him at the club again in our return to the top flight football is brilliant.”