Hoops swoop for Saints' captain fantastic Kenna
SHAMROCK ROVERS have pulled off a coup by securing the signature of St Patrick's Athletic's league-winning captain Conor Kenna.
The centre-half, who lives in the Tallaght area, has belatedly followed Trevor Croly to Dublin 24 and his departure is a big setback for the league champions. The 28-year-old spent four seasons at Inchicore after originally being signed by Pete Mahon.
"This is a new challenge for me and one I'm very much looking forward to," said Kenna. "Obviously, I had a good year last season with St Pat's and it was hard to decide to leave.
"But Shamrock Rovers had approached me two or three times throughout my career and it feels like the right move for me now. I am glad it's all finalised and we have an exciting challenge ahead of us next season."
Killian Brennan, Kenna's former team-mate, was last night named the PFAI Player of the Year for his contribution to the St Pat's success.
Brennan, who joined the Saints from the Hoops last winter, proved an important addition to Liam Buckley's side and his consistent performances across the campaign were recognised by his fellow pros.
Dundalk's Richie Towell, who was a strong contender for the top gong, collected the Young Player of the Year award, while Stephen Kenny was voted Manager of the Year – a new award that was voted on by the managers in both divisions.
Athlone's Philip Gorman scooped the First Division honours, while US-bound Alan Kelly was named Referee of the Year.