Ahead of tonight's Europa League third qualifying round clash against Hannover 96, Liam Buckley has been boosted with the news that the registration of new signing Vinny Faherty has been completed.
Faherty re-joins the club having previously played for the Saints in 2010 where he notched 10 goals in all competitions, 8 of those coming in the league. The Galweigan opted to move to Australia at the beginning of 2011 and join Whittlesea Zebras where he went on to score 14 goals in 20 league games, finishing as second top scorer in the VSL Division 1.
The former Salthill Devon and Galway United striker's impact proved crucial for the Zebras as they claimed the league title and promotion to the Victorian Premier League. Speaking to stpatsfc.com, Faherty spoke of the great time he experienced in Melbourne.
“It was a great experience, a totally different style of play which took a while to get used to. I had a great year there, winning the league and finishing as the club's top goalscorer. But at times it was a bit frustrating too as the standard of play here would have been a lot higher.”
However despite the successes achieved during his year in Australia, Faherty admitted he couldn't refuse the offer to return to the League of Ireland, and more importantly to come back to Inchicore.
“4 or 5 days ago Liam called and said he was interested in bringing me over, so I got on a flight and signed the papers to sign last Sunday morning.”
“It's handy having a few familiar faces around, I'd be very very good mates with John Russell and a few of the backroom staff are still here too. But while players come and go, the club always stays the same. I loved it last time I was here, the fans were great and that was a massive deciding factor in coming back here,” he told stpatsfc.com.
“I could've gone to other places in the league, but that didn't really interest me. Coming here was a massive incentive to playing back in the league and I just hope it can be as enjoyable as last time.”