Double signing brings Kenny's squad to 18
DUNDALK confirmed the signing of Darren Meenan on Saturday evening as the 26-year -old became the 18th member of Stephen Kenny's squad.
The left sided midfielder made 16 appearances for St Patrick's Athletic last season and has previously played for Finn Harps, Monaghan United, UCD, Shelbourne and Sligo Rovers.
Another new signing Vinny Faherty has expressed his excitement for the season ahead after putting pen to paper for the 2013 season.
'The off-season in the Airtricity League is very long', the 25-year old insisted within a few minutes of signing his contract, 'I'm excited and really looking forward to the new season.'
Faherty had trained with Dundalk during pre-season and the Galway native explained that a major factor in his signing for the club was how impressed he was with how the team was shaping up.
'I was training in Galway and Stephen got in touch with me. Dundalk were heading down for a training weekend in Wexford and I was invited along. I got a feel for the squad and the coaching and I was very impressed. There is a really good bunch of lads at Dundalk this season. There is a good mixture of young players and experience. Obviously, it will be great to work with such an experienced manager as Stephen Kenny.'
Even at just 25, Faherty is set to be one of the most experienced players in the Dundalk group this year. 'There are players in the squad who have won leagues and cups and then there are young players who are really exciting.
'It will be a bit different for me being one of the senior players in the dressing room. The last time I started a season with a club in Ireland I was just 22 – but even by then I had over 100 games in the league'.
Looking ahead to the new season, Faherty is reluctant to set any targets. However, he has set his standards high and has both personal and collective ambitions for the 2013 campaign. 'I was top scorer with Galway United in my time with them. When I moved to St Patrick's Athletic in 2010 I was the club top scorer. I then moved to Australia to play for Moreland Zebras and I was top scorer there also.
'I only had half a season with St Pats last year so this year my personal aim is to be Dundalk's top scorer.'
And what of his new team's prospects? 'I wouldn't have come to Dundalk Football Club if I didn't think we had a realistic chance of finishing in the top half of the table.
'Who knows what this season will bring and it's going to be very competitive – but I had looked at Dundalk and I thought they would do well this season even if I didn't sign for the club.
'As I said, I am chomping at the bit to get going.'