• Wed, Feb 16, 2011 @ 14:06

St Patrick's Athletic are delighted to announce the signing of midfielder Shane McFaul.

McFaul, who has previously played for UCD, Brighton and Sporting Fingal became a free agent last week with the demise of Fingal.

Speaking to STPATSFC.COM McFaul couldn't hide his delight at signing:

"I'm a local lad from Cherry Orchard who grew up supporting Pats and going to games so I'm absolutely delighted to have signed.

"I was under contract at Fingal for another season and was shocked at what happened but when we were released it was a matter of moving on quickly.

"I've always wanted to play for Pats so I didn't think twice when Pete approached me and my mind was made up straight away."

Shane conceded that their will be competition in the midfield area but is hoping to rise to the challenge:

"I know it will be tough to get into the team initially but I'm more than confident that once I get in I can do well.

"There's a lot of quality midfielders at the club but I'm looking forward to the challenge.

"The first training session at a new club is normally a nervy one but luckily I know a lot of the players.

"I'm very good friends with Brian Shortall, Derek Doyle and Ian Bermingham from around the area and from playing with them before.

"I'm really looking forward to the new season and I'm sure with the quality players we have it can be a successful one."

Saints boss Pete Mahon told STPATSFC.COM that McFaul will add quality to the squad:

"Shane is a player who I've known for a long time and as a midfielder he's top class.

"We're trying to bring in a certain type of player with good technical ability and he is top of the tree in that department.

"We're in six different competitions this season and we're part time so we have to try and keep adding to the squad.

"We need another three or four players but it's proving difficult to bring them in, in the current economic climate."

Pete Mahon will be in McDowell's tonight (Wednesday) at 8 pm for the Patron Saints Question & Answers session which is open to all supporters.

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Bray Wanderers / February 23rd @ 7:45pm
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