St Pat's have completed the signing of striker Anto Flood with the Dubliner joining for his second spell at the club having played with the Saints back in 2005.
The 27 year old has been registered in time for tonight's game against IBV Vestmannaeyjar and is in contention to be part of Liam Buckley's matchday squad.
Commenting on the signing of Flood, the Saints' manager expressed his delight at signing the forward.
“Anto will be a great addition to our squad and will further strengthen us and increase the competition for places amongst the players,” Buckley told www.stpatsfc.com.
“We all know what he will offer having seen him play in the league for years. He can play up top on his own, and can easily adapt to playing in wide positions too. He's kept himself in good shape since he left Southend so we're looking forward to seeing him work with the other players.”
For Flood, the move back to Ireland and to his first club in the League of Ireland is something he couldn't turn down, though he admitted that it would be no easy task to break into Buckley's starting eleven.
“I'm delighted to back at a club that I signed for after Johnny Mac [John McDonnell] brought me in from Sheriff United. It'll be tough to get into the team, but it's great to be back amongst some of the lads and be back at a big club again. So I'm really happy with the move and hopefully now we can do well in Europe and the league as well.”
Flood could make his debut against IBV tonight, and if he fails to do so, would be in line to make his first appearance against Shamrock Rovers. The striker expressed his excitement at the Saints' current position in the league and potential European campaign ahead.
“Yeah it would be great to play in Europe, but otherwise, playing my first game against Rovers on Sunday would be huge. If we win I think that would put us seven ahead of them and that would put us in a strong position at the half-way point in the season.”
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