- Tuesday December 22nd, 2020 @ 16:12
Ronan Coughlan Joins For 2021
St Patrick's Athletic are delighted to announce the signing of Sligo Rovers striker Ronan Coughlan ahead of the 2021 League of Ireland season.
24 year old Coughlan joins the Saints having just spent two seasons at Sligo Rovers where he scored 14 goals in 47 league appearances.
Coughlan's career prior to that has seen the striker begin at Limerick where he went on to sign for Huddersfield Town as a youth in 2014. The Limerick man returned to Ireland in 2017 following his release from the Terriers, where he initially joined Bray Wanderers before playing a single season with Cork City in 2018.
Speaking to stpatsfc.com after agreeing terms to play his football in Inchicore next season, Coughlan outlined his happiness at joining the club.
"It's been a long time coming. I've been speaking to Stephen for a few weeks, and even two years ago too. Since talking again recently, it was a no brainer for me to join Pat's. Stephen has spoken to me about things that he can help me improve on individually and I definitely agree with everything he has had to say.
"It's definitely a new challenge for me. The vision that he has for the club and for myself personally, is exactly where I want to be.
"I'm looking forward to having the fans back in Richmond Park in the future. It's an intense ground and the fans are on top of you and I haven't had too enjoyment here or won games here. But I'm looking forward to being a Saint and hopefully scoring more goals."
Discussing the signing of Coughlan ahead of the 2021 season, Saints' first team head coach Stephen O'Donnell outlined his delight at beating off competition to secure the Limerick born forward's signature.
"We are delighted to get Ronan on board. He is one of the best offensive talents in the league. He is the perfect type of profile for us in that he is a young, hungry and ambitious player that wants to kick on in his career, and I'm looking forward to helping him develop.
"It is a real coup this signing over the line so I can't wait to get working with Ronan. He knows he still has lots to improve on and I look forward to developing him with the rest of the coaching staff on the training pitch. Ronan has exactly the type of character that I want to work with. He wants to improve, wants to be at the club and has a good physical condition. He's raring to go and it is a great capture for the club and an exciting that I hope the supporters will be happy about."