Jack Keaney and Andrew Quinn sign for Drogheda United

Jack Keaney in action for UCD (left) and Andrew Quinn lining out for Shelbourne

Jack Keaney in action for UCD (left) and Andrew Quinn lining out for Shelbourne Credit: John Crothers (left) & Paul Dolan (right)

Andrew Quinn and Jack Keaney were unveiled by the Boynesiders on Monday as the first two signings of the transfer window.

Former UCD captain Jack Keaney was announced first. He played all but two games for the Students in the 2023 season.

His last goal came against his new club, in a 2-1 win for UCD on October 23rd 2022.

UCD boss Andy Myler often used Keaney in a central midfield role, but Kevin Doherty plans to use the 24-year-old in a centre-back role.

The Drogheda boss said: “Jack is at that good age. He’s played a lot of games, has a lot of experience. He was UCD’s best player last year and got their Player of the Year award.

“I’ve been a big admirer of Jack for several years. He’s versatile, but for me he’s a proper centre-half, I’m delighted to have him here.”

“I’m delighted to get the deal done now.” Keaney said “It’s been a busy month since the season finished but just chatting to Kevin, I’m excited to get going now.

“Coming up here with UCD, I know the fanbase, it’s a hard place to come so we’re looking to make that a fortress next year. Every time you come up here, it’s a battle and you are not going to get away with anything easy with the fans behind you.”

The Louth based side’s second signing of the day was Andrew Quinn, returning for a second spell at Weavers Park.

Quinn played 28 times for United in 2022, forming a reliable, defensive alliance with Keith Cowan. He signed for Shelbourne shortly before the beginning of the 2023 campaign, registering 13 appearances for Damien Duff’s side.

Speaking to the club he said: “I’m very happy to be back, I was delighted when Kevin gave me the call, so I can’t wait to get going now.

“I really enjoyed my time here two seasons ago, so I just want to get back to really enjoying it again.

“Even just driving up here today to sign, I was excited. I think I played my best football under Kevin so that was a big thing for me.”

“Andy was brilliant for us, and I was sad to see him go but I am delighted to have him back, he really progressed the year he was with us.” Doherty said about the centre-back.

“He played a fair number of games as well at Shels, and was offered a new contract, so it’s great that he’s chosen to come to us.

“They (Quinn and Keaney) are two different types of centre-halfs, and certainly compliment each other.”