New Waterford FC signing, Rory Feely, in action last season in the Premier Division for St. Patrick’s Athletic. Photo: Inpho.
After moving to Kildare close to ten years ago from his native Tramore, Rory Feely has made a return to his roots as the 21-year-old became the latest player to put pen to paper on a deal with Waterford FC ahead of the SSE Airtricity Premier Division.
Feely, who is the younger brother of current Kildare Senior Football GAA star and former Charlton Athletic Kevin, joins the Blues after spending the last number of seasons playing in the top division with St. Patrick’s Athletic.
The centre-half played at the Richmond Park club under current Blues boss Alan Reynolds and whilst playing the bulk of last season in defence, he can also play in midfield or attack. A promising player, he made his debut appearance for St. Patrick’s Athletic in 2014 before making 13 appearances in a Pat’s jersey in 2016.
A move back to his local League of Ireland club is something that excites Feely after starting his career with Tramore before moving to Athy Town. After his first move to Pat’s, he won a winning medal in the SSE Airtricity Under 19 League when scoring the winning goal in the final against Derry City.
Speaking on his move back to Waterford and the RSC, Rory Feely said, “I am very happy to link up with Waterford FC ahead of the new season. I’m originally from Tramore so I have grown up with the Blues as my local League of Ireland club. I kept a keen eye last season during the promotion push and I now hope to be a part of something big for the club going forward.
“I worked with Alan (Reynolds) at St. Pat’s and enjoyed the way he works so when there was interest shown I was very happy to join. I am looking forward to competing for a starting place and being part of a competitive team at the top end of the table.”
“As a player, I’ve been tried in a few positions over the last couple of seasons, primarily due to my aerial ability but hopefully Blues’ fans will see me deployed in a more attacking role where I feel most comfortable. Ultimately, I just want to work hard and break into the team early on.”
Waterford FC boss Alan Reynolds is looking forward to working with the young prospect ahead of the start of the 2018 campaign. “We’re delighted to have Rory on board. He is another young player with plenty of scope for development and one that I worked with when coaching at St. Pat’s Athletic. He has an excellent attitude and hopefully as a club we can push him on to achieve his full potential.
“He is another young lad and a player that I’ve always liked. He is a player with a lot of potential and has the experience even at a young age of playing in the Premier Division. I’m looking forward to working with him and he is a good addition to our squad.”
Feely became the 16th player to be confirmed by the Blues ahead of the new season and joined up with the club for pre-season on Wednesday last. It’s expected that the club will have a couple of more players to add to their squad ahead of their first pre-season friendly on Friday, January 19, against Wexford FC.