New St Pat's goalkeeper Dave Ryan admitted he couldn't turn down the opportunity to join the Saints once the chance arose as he believes the club can challenge for honours in 2013.
The goalkeeper joins Liam Buckley's squad having claimed the First Division title last season with Limerick FC having also previously played for Galway United.
Speaking to stpatsfc.com this week, the goalkeeper expressed his happiness at joining the club, stating that he was already looking forward to pre-season training next month and the Saints' first game of 2013 on February 11th vs Glentoran in the Setanta Sports Cup.
“Yeah it's great to join the club, I had been at Limerick for a few years so I was looking for a new challenge. Once Dave Campbell [St. Pats' Head of Recruitment] contacted me when I was away in Asida for a few weeks, we quickly sorted things out.”
“With European football, and hopefully challenging for the title next year, it was an easy option for me to take. The first game has just been announced too and that's really something to look forward to as it's a competition I've never played in before, so I'm really excited about it all to be honest.”
Ryan is more than aware of the history and background of Pats having seen his older brother Barry play with the Saints between 2005-2008.
Having seen his brother play in the 2006 FAI Cup Final, compete in the Europa League against the likes of Hertha Berlin and amass over 100 appearances, the new Saints keeper expressed his belief in the current Saints' squad in order to achieve similar success.
“Yeah Barry was talking up the club when I was signing, and if you look at the squad, we've signed some quality players at the club.
As well as that I've played with John Russell before in my time at Galway and through Barry's time here, I know Brendan Clarke quite well so I'm pally with him,” Ryan told stpatsfc.com.
“I've played against the likes of at Kenny Browne and Conan Byrne before, really good players, so I do think we can get past some rounds in the Europa League and challenge Sligo Rovers for the league title.”
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