Tuesday 12 December 2017

Treacy will give Drogheda 'big lift' - McDonnell

Keith Treacy: Short-term deal
Keith Treacy: Short-term deal
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Drogheda United manager John McDonnell says the signing of Irish international Keith Treacy has boosted the morale of his squad heading into the final stretch of the season.

Treacy has penned a short-term deal until the end of this campaign, with the 26-year-old returning to football following a stint out of the game since leaving Barnsley in January.

He trained with Shamrock Rovers during pre-season but that ultimately came to nothing.

"Keith is a fantastic signing," said McDonnell. "I've been tracking him for a while as he took the best part of a year out of the game to get married. I spoke to him a couple of weeks ago and he said he wasn't going back to England so I invited him to train.

"He was brilliant to deal with in terms of our finances and we are delighted to have him. His quality has stood out already in training and I think it has given the rest of the squad a big lift."

Treacy has packed his fair share of ups and downs into his career. He broke through at Blackburn where he played Premier League football, even if he didn't quite see eye to eye with Sam Allardyce. He duly broke into the Irish set-up and won six caps under Giovanni Trapattoni in a period where he switched to Preston and then Burnley.

The Dubliner returned from exile to contribute to the latter's successful promotion charge, but was then released by Sean Dyche and signed a two-year deal with Barnsley that was terminated after six months. He is a few weeks away from match fitness.

Irish Independent

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