McGrath departs the Saints to join Doncaster Rovers


Jay McGrath in action for the Saints Credit: Gerry Shanahan (ETPhotos)

Jay McGrath has returned to England with Doncaster Rovers following a short stint with St Patrick’s Athletic.

The 20-year-old came to Dublin in 2023 on loan from Coventry City to the Saints before the Inchicore side signed him on a fulltime contract in July.

Speaking about his time in Dublin 8 with Doncaster Rovers Media, McGrath said: "Having not played a professional game before going over there and then coming away with 32 appearances was a massive thing for me.

“I played in Europe, we won the FAI Cup. It was a huge experience and I loved every minute of it."

Following in his father's footsteps, Irish born John McGrath played with Doncaster Rovers for a two-year spell from 2003 to 2005. The former Ireland  under 21 player appeared in 11 senior games at the club before departing and playing at different clubs, including Limerick in 2005.

Signing a two-and-a-half-year contract with Doncaster, Jay McGrath is accompanied by ex-Saint striker Conor Carty who joins the Englishman on loan at the club after the pair lived together in Dublin last season.

Speaking with Doncaster media on his return to England, McGrath said: "I'm Delighted to be back. Spoke to the gaffer and I spoke to the coaching staff and I'm delighted to be here."

"It's definitely a big move, I'm only 20 years old and I think it was time for me to come back to England and I think Doncaster Rovers is a great fit for me. The gaffer wants to push the club in the right direction. It's a young team, so I'll fit right in."

"I give my all every minute of every game. I'm a defender that likes to play football but I'm also like to be physical, winning my tackles and my headers."