Shamrock Rovers teenager Cian Barrett joins Kerry on loan

Cian Barrett Kerry FC

Cian Barrett Kerry FC Credit: Kerry FC

First Division Kerry have unveiled the loan signing of Shamrock Rovers midfielder Cian Barrett on loan.

Barrett, 17, is the son of former Ireland international Graham. His father collected 10 senior caps for the Boys in Green.

The midfielder has previously played for Shelbourne at National League level before returning to the Hoops last year.

And following his move to the Kingdom on loan Barrett is ready to take his first opportunity in senior football.

He said: “The main reason why I’ve decided to sign for Kerry FC is that I believe it’s a great opportunity to grow not just as a player but as a person too.

“It’s a great opportunity to get minutes and first-team games under my belt.

“I think it’ll do me the world of good being in a dressing room with men and playing games that mean something.

“When I first spoke to the gaffer and heard his plans, I jumped on it immediately as I think it’s a very clever and exciting project happening here.”

And Kerry boss Billy Dennehy added: “Cian is a young player from Shamrock Rovers who has a good pedigree in the game for the last number of years.

“After interest from other clubs, it’s very pleasing to see a player like Cian wanting to come to us and show that interest in moving down here and representing our club.

“After a couple of conversations with Stephen Bradley and the staff in Shamrock Rovers.

“It was great to hear the potential they see in Cian and now it’s about him trying to maximise that here in the first team environment.”

Barrett is in line to make his debut for Kerry on Friday evening against Galway United.