Between the Stripes daily transfer update 18/12/17

Article by Andrew Dempsey. @AndrewDempsey2 between the stripes logo

Waterford FC have made another serious signal of intent as the ‘’Blues’’ have announced that Gavan Holohan is to join up with the Premier Division new-boys at the RSC for the 2018 season. In addition to this, Derry City have confirmed the return of Jamie McDonagh to the Brandywell after a spell at the Showgrounds with Sligo Rovers. In First Division news, Cobh Ramblers Striker Cian Leonard joins a growing list of players re-signing for Stephen Henderson’s charges at St. Colman’s Park.

However, in what is the surely the biggest news of the day in terms of League of Ireland action at least, Gavan Holohan has made the switch to the RSC after standing out for Galway United last season at Eamonn Deacy Park despite the season ending in heartbreak for Shane Keegan’s men with relegation to the First Division.

The 26-year-old Kilkenny native re-joins forces with his former Assistant Manager at Cork City Alan Reynolds as the Blues look to build a squad capable of being very competitive in next season’s Premier Division campaign. Speaking on getting the deal over the line to move to the RSC with, Holohan said that his previous spell with Reynold’s proved key in enticing the creative midfielder closer to his home county of Kilkenny.

“There were a few things that attracted me to Waterford. I worked with Alan Reynolds at Cork and always got on really well with him. I liked how he went about things, so I felt he was someone I’d like to work with again; someone who could get the best out of me.”

Holohan is well aware of the ambition that the ‘’Blues’’ are showing and has said that that was another reason in his decision to return to the South-East where he made his name at underage level before making the move across the pond to Hull City in England.

“Obviously the club is heading in the right direction with the quality of players signed already and also with its fan base growing and growing again. The set up and facilities are second to none down here, so it’s a great environment in which to play football. Being a Kilkenny man, it’s only down the road for family and friends to come to see the home games, which is a big bonus for me.”

Alan Reynolds also spoke on Holohan’s arrival and the Waterford native has spoken on how he anticipates his new acquisition to link up with his new team-mates.

“He is an exciting midfield player who will link the deeper lying midfielders with our front players. He has a proven eye for goal and for creating chances for team-mates; the fans will really enjoy the player we have brought on board.”