Shelbourne snap up St Patrick's Athletic shot-stopper Brendan Clarke as Ryan Brennan and four others re-sign for 2021

Thu, Nov 26 2020
Brendan Clarke of St Patrick's Athletic celebrates at the end of the game

Brendan Clarke of St Patrick's Athletic celebrates at the end of the game Credit: Michael P Ryan (ETPhotos)

Recently relegated Shelbourne have announced the highly coveted capture of goalkeeper Brendan Clarke ahead of the 2021 First Division campaign.

Clarke was named as the St Patrick’s Athletic 2020 Player of the Year as recently as yesterday – but he has since left the club to join their northside rivals.

He joins the Reds having won one League of Ireland Premier Division and two FAI Cups, including one against Shelbourne in the 2011 FAI Cup Final.

“His pursuit of me really showed that he wanted me to come to the club, and he spoke about the respect he had for me as a player and a person,” Clarke told Shels’ media team.

“He described to me what he wants to do at the club and bring it forward, and that is something I want to be a part of,” he added. 

Ian Morris said his new keeper’s signing is “huge” for the club and “will certainly add to us as a team.

“He’s had a huge career in the League of Ireland while being fantastically successful and he’ll help us evolve as a team,” he said.

Meanwhile, the club have also confirmed the re-signings of Ryan Brennan, Jack Brady, Alex Cetiner, Brian McManus and Alex O’Hanlon for 2021.

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