Kerry natives Matt Keane and Sean McGrath have put pen to paper on deals which will see them don the green of Kerry for 2023.
Killarney man Matt Keane signs from First Division side Treaty United having made 26 appearances in the division since signing for the Limerick-based side in 2021. The central midfielder played over 1500 First Division minutes last season also appearing in the playoffs where they were narrowly beaten over 2 legs by Galway United. Matt is well known in Kerry for his time playing for Killarney Celtic as a young boy right up to playing top-level senior football in the county. Speaking after signing his contract, Matt said “I am over the moon to sign for Kerry FC and to be able to play SSE Airtricity First Division football at home is something I have dreamed about for a long time. I have been following the project very closely and when I got the call from Billy (Dennehy), it really was a no-brainer”.
Kerry FC has also announced that we have also secured the services of Kerry man Sean McGrath from Cobh Ramblers for the upcoming season. The Kerry FC Academy graduate, who also made 2 appearances for the Republic of Ireland at under 16 level, moved to Limerick in search of underage football in 2018 before playing for Cork City’s Under 17s in 2019. He also played under-19 football for the Rebel Army in 2019 and 2020. Having impressed at underage level, McGrath signed for Cobh Ramblers to play senior First Division Football in 2021 and 2022 scoring 2 goals in 27 appearances from midfield. Speaking after putting pen to paper, McGrath commented: “Yeah similar to Matt, to have the opportunity to wear a Kerry FC jersey at senior level is something I have dreamed of since I was young. To line out against my former club Cobh Ramblers in our first game here at the home of football in Kerry (Mounthawk Park) is something I am very much looking forward to.”
Speaking on the announcements, First team manager Billy Dennehy said “I am delighted to welcome Matt and Sean on board for the 2023 season. I couldn’t have asked for 2 nicer players to announce as my first signings as manager of Kerry FC.”
Billy added “These are two players who are from the area who carry valuable experience at this level and to have their signatures secured for the upcoming season is a huge boost to everyone in Kerry FC. Time now for the hard work to begin.”