- Friday December 13th, 2013 @ 21:09
Quigley Returns To Saints
St Patrick's Athletic are happy to announce the signing of striker Mark Quigley for the 2014 season who joins the club on a free transfer following his release from Shamrock Rovers.
The 28 year old joins the Saints for a second spell having played with the club from 2006 to 2009, making 154 appearances and scoring an impressive 52 goals at that time.
Quigley's career began with Belvedere as a schoolboy before making the move cross channel to Millwall. Quigley impressed many with the Lions and at the age of 19 made his debut for the club in February 2005 against Stoke City.
The striker however would only make a further 8 appearances with Millwall, and returned to the League of Ireland in 2005 with a brief loan spell at Shamrock Rovers.
The Dubliner was convinced to permanently join Pats in 2006 by manager John McDonnell following his release from Millwall, and he would go on to play in many high profile games for the club. These games would include the 4-3 FAI Cup Final defeat to Derry City in Lansdowne Road in 2006, Uefa Cup victories over JFK Olimps (Latvia) and Elfsborg (Sweden) in 2008, while in 2007 Quigley was named PFAI Young of the Year after scoring 20 goals in all competitions for the club.
Since then Quigley's former clubs include Bohemians, Dundalk and Sligo Rovers, before last year's spell with Shamrock Rovers. Several injuries limited the striker's involvement throughout the year, however he played a part in the club's Setanta Sports Cup, EA Sports Cup and Leinster Senior Cup successes.
Quigley's other previous honours include a winner's medal from the Setanta Sports Cup Final for Bohemians against the Saints, a league title with Sligo Rovers in 2011 and the PFAI Player of the Year award for his impressive form with form the Bit O'Red.
Quigley is the 18th Saints player which Liam Buckley has confirmed to have signed for the 2014 season. The striker's debut could come in the club's opening game of the season in the Setanta Sports Cup Quarter-Final clash against Ballinamallard United on 24 February, 2014.