Kerry complete signing of Antonio Tuta

Kerry fans watch on their side

Kerry fans watch on their side Credit: Eddie Lennon (ETPhotos)

Kerry FC have signed goalkeeper Antonio Tuta from Finn Harps ahead of the 2024 SSE Airtricity Men’s First Division campaign. 

Tuta joins the club following the announcement of Arthur Nganou's departure earlier in the transfer window.

The Croatian native is the Kingdom's fifth signing ahead of the 2024 campaign, following the arrival of Andy Spain, Jack Kavanagh, Steven Healy, and Daire McCarthy in recent weeks.

The 28-year-old had previously played in Croatia with HRV Dragovolijac, and had spells in Iceland, Slovenia, Austria, and Bulgaria before relocating to Ballybofey.

Tuta played seven games under the Harp's former manager Dave Rogers. He proved to be a fan favourite up north, acting as a stalwart between the sticks.

Speaking to after his arrival in the Kingdom, Tuta said: “I’m delighted to have signed for Kerry FC and become a member of the Kerry family. 

I hope that we will have a good year together. I came to Kerry with the ambition to fight for the play-offs and to help the team with my experience. I know that the team is very young and that for this kind of league you also need experience.

Having played in the league last year, I already know what the division is all about and how we can pick up points! I must say a massive thanks to Conor McCarthy who showed a great desire for me to come and play for Kerry. 

That's why I decided to come to Kerry with the agreement of my agent, to whom I also thank. I can’t wait to meet all the fans!”

Kerry FC head coach Conor McCarthy told after Tuta’s arrival in Tralee: “We are delighted to sign Antonio for the new season. He’s a player who we hope can add some valuable experience from his career so far to the group and push us forward for the season.

Having already spoken to Antonio, he’s really looking forward to getting on the pitch, getting to work with us and meeting his new teammates. He is a really exciting addition to the squad, and I am looking forward to seeing him on the pitch soon.”

Kerry open their First Division campaign with a Munster Derby against Cork City in Turners Cross on the 16th of February.