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Kevin Doherty reunites with former Shelbourne duo Dayle Rooney and Dylan Grimes at Drogheda United

Drogheda United have started their rebuild for 2022 season under new manager Kevin Doherty with the signing of wingers Dayle Rooney and Dylan Grimes.

Rooney arrives from Shelbourne after helping the Reds to two First Division titles in three years, while Grimes makes the move from Longford Town following their relegation.

Gary Deegan and Chris Lyons have also re-signed with the Boynesiders, while the arrival of Adam Foley from Finn Harps was announced last week.

23-year-old Rooney made more than 100 appearances over five seasons with Shels, having been promoted to the first team when Doherty was manager at Tolka Park.

The former St Kevin’s Boys schoolboy established himself as a fan favourite with his tricky, direct running and set-piece prowess.

“As soon as I seen Kev being announced, and Daire coming in aswell, I thought it’d be an opportunity because I’d left Shels,” Rooney tells the club’s media team.

“I’d been there for five years. Over that time, I’d met Kev, and Daire [Doyle] I’d played a year with, so I know them both personally.

“Then Saturday evening, Daire called me and said they were interested, him and Kev. I met up with Kev then and had a good chat, about next year.

“It’s an exciting club. The bigger picture, they want to go another step from last year. They had a great year obviously, so I was interested, and I’m delighted to sign now.

“I want to come in, have a good year and play consistently at the level I believe I can, hopefully affect the team on the pitch, get goals and create goals.”



Grimes in action for Longford against Drogheda last season.
Grimes in action for Longford against Drogheda last season.

Grimes, 23, played for Drogs assistant boss Doyle with Longford for the past two seasons, helping them win promotion through the play-offs in 2020.

The creative midfielder and set-piece specialist came through the ranks with Sheriff YC before moving to Shels in 2015.

Grimes said: “I have worked with both Kev and Daire before. We have a good relationship and I’m happy to be continuing that here at Drogheda United.

“I’m looking forward to the 2022 season and hopefully I can contribute with goals and assists to help the team.”




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