St Pat's confirm signing of former Liverpool academy striker Glen McAuley
St Patrick's Athletic have signed former Liverpool striker Glen McAuley.
As reported by Independent.ie yesterday, the Tallaght native (19) had options to remain in England after parting ways with the Champions League winners last month but has chosen to go straight into Harry Kenny's squad.
Goalscoring has plagued fifth-placed Saints this season. Their haul of 21 in 26 matches is identical to Finn Harps, who share bottom spot with UCD.
"It feels great to be back home and playing for such a big club in Ireland," said McAuley.
"I'm just looking forward to getting started. Hopefully my clearance comes through so I can get on the pitch, start scoring goals and helping the team.
"I've been over there [Liverpool] for six years so it's a weird one coming home, but I think at this moment in my career it would be best for me to be playing men's football — to get back happy playing football again.
"So that was the plan behind the move."
McAuley could make his debut against champions Dundalk on Saturday.
Rovers, Bohemians and Waterford had all expressed an interest in the free agent in recent days.
The striker developed a reputation for firepower in his early teens, moving from Crumlin United to St Joseph's Boys.
Manchester United thought they had recruited him in 2014 but the persistence of Brendan Rodgers paid off when he instead joined their rivals.
At Anfield, he was part of Steven Gerrard's Under-18 squad before the club legend left for Rangers.
McAuley has represented Ireland up to Under-19 level but created controversy in 2017 by withdrawing from the squad ahead of the Under-17 European Championship finals in Croatia.
He was in the Ireland Under-19 panel which kicked off their season by topping their first phase of qualifiers last October, playing alongside Troy Parrott in the win over Bosnia Herzegovina.