Sunday, 23rd September 2018
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Paul Keegan and Bastien Hery raring to go

The players of Waterford FC reported for their first day of full time professional training last Wednesday and Paul Keegan who played a pivotal role in last seasons promotion from the First Division and one of the new signings French born midfielder Bastien Hery spoke about the exciting season ahead.

Paul Keegan. ``We will have a hard day and I suppose a hard week ahead but I am really looking forward to it.This is a brand new era for the club and there is a great buzz in there right now and I believe the same the same can be said about the supporters. Some really good players have been brought in and I am delighted that a number of the lads from last season have been retained also which is excellent because I thought they were superb last year. Hopefully we will gel together quickly and the fact that we will be working together all week will definitely help us in that regard. No one is getting carried away and we have a tough start in the league. We open up against Derry City and then we travel to play Cork City but those are the sides we battled so hard last season to play. The pre-season games will be vital because it will give the manager a chance to see us play together rather than against each other at training. I am thrilled to be part of this new setup and bring it on is my message".

Bastien Hery. ``I am looking forward to the new challenge with Waterford. I played pretty well during the second half of last season and I want to bring that form into the start of this season. I joined Limerick last season after I had a tough time in England. I loved my time with that club and we certainly deserved to stay up in the Premier League. I now find myself in a similar situation with Waterford. Limerick had been promoted from the First Division also so I feel I know what we have to do. We will need a good start and if we can gather points during our first ten games we will have a good season. I really want to give my very best for Waterford and I am delighted to be here"

Blues fixtures

Waterford FC will open up their Premier League at home to Derry City on Friday, February 16th. The following week it's an away game in Turners Cross against last seasons double champions Cork City. On Monday, February 26th St Patrick's Athletic will be the visitors to the RSC. The first pre-season match will be against Wexford FC at the RSC on Friday, January 19th with a 7.00pm kick-off. Cabinteely will come to the Kilbarry venue on Friday, January 26th and the following day Cork City will provide the opposition in the Munster Senior Cup. Shelbourne will come to town on Friday, February 9th.

Blues Sign Exciting Prospect Feely

Waterford FC has announced that the club has secured the signature of the highly regarded Rory Feely. The versatile youngster, who celebrated his 21st birthday last Wednesday joins the club from fellow SSE Airtricty League Premier Division side St. Patrick's Athletic.

A native of Tramore, Feely played with the Graun Park club until his family moved to Kildare where he went onto play with Athy Town. He represented the Kildare & District Underage League at the Kennedy Cup before moving onto play with St. Patrick's Athletic.

A younger brother of former Bohemians defender Kevin, he also starred for Kildare at Gaelic Football before going on to impress with the Richmond Park club at U19 level. He won an SSE Airtricity League medal for Pats in 2015, scoring in the final against Derry City.

Whilst playing the bulk of last season in defence, he can also play in midfield or attack He made his first appearance for Liam Buckley's First Team in 2014 before having his best year in a Saints' shirt in 2016 when he made 13 league appearances.

Speaking on joining the Blues, Rory 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."

With a strong squad being assembled by the Blues ahead of the new season, Rory is looking forward to the fresh challenge and getting back to a more familiar role positionally. He concluded:

"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."

Speaking on the signing of Rory Feely, Waterford FC's Alan Reynolds added: "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."

Rory Feely becomes the sixteenth member of the Waterford FC first team squad confirmed ahead of the new season and will link up with his new teammates this week as the Blues commence their pre-season training programme.


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