Sunday 17 December 2017

Shamrock Rovers announce the signings of two more players ahead of new season

Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley. Photo: Dan Sheridan/INPHO
Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley. Photo: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Shamrock Rovers have unveiled two more exciting young prospects ahead of the new League of Ireland season.

Samuel Bone (19) joins the Hoops from Charlton Athletic while Graham Burke was formerly with Aston Villa U-21s and Notts County.

Rovers manager Stephen Bradley said: “I am delighted to get Sam in, he’s been in with us the past while and played a few games in which he impressed me and the coaching team.

“It’s great for us and him, he’s only 19 too so it means he can play for the Under 19s as well as featuring in the senior side. He’ll be one of those players who will be massively important to us in the next few months.

“He’s an open and honest lad who plays and sees the game well. He really fits in with the squad which is great to see because he’s been out with the illness for the past while. It is great for everyone involved to have Sam here.”

Bradley also spoke highly of Burke. “Graham is a great one to have, his ability as a player is second to none. He’s up there with the best, speaking to him you can tell he’s very mature. I’ve watched him the last few years, he’s a very exciting talent and I am delighted to get him in.

“He just needs to work on his fitness, he’s a little behind but that was to be expected after not playing for a while. He’s raring to get going now, he has played European football with Aston Villa and spent some time with Notts County, so he’s coming in with a good deal of experience.

“He can play anywhere in the forward attacking role, he’s creative and different to what we already have here. He can create something out of nothing, he’s a really special player. He can play anywhere and is very comfortable on the ball too. Graham is a very impressive player and I know he will impress the fans at Tallaght Stadium.”

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