2014 Squad

January 29th, 2014
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Kevin Burns

DOB: 28/07/90
Born: Waterford 
Position: Goalkeeper 
Height: 6ft 4 in 
Previous Clubs: Seaview Celtic, Tramore AFC, Waterford
United U20s
Capped At: Under 18, Under 21 LoI

Sponsored by: Waterford City Enterprise Board

 

After starring for the Blues U20s in their inaugural season,
Kevin made the breakthrough to the first team in 2010, taking
over from the suspended Chris Konopka in, and holding his
place for the rest of the season with a string of superb
performances. Displaying outstanding athleticism, lightning 
quick reactions, and a good head for organisation, he has
shown time and again why he is so highly rated, and has
recently been capped in the domestic Under 21 side. He spent
seven years at Seaview Celtic, and another at Tramore AFC,
before signing for the Blues in 2008. Kevin joined Cork City
for the 2012 and 2013 seasons before returning to the Blues
in December 2013.

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Matthew Connor

DOB: 08/04/1997
Born: Waterford 
Position: Goalkeeper 
Height: 6ft 4 in 
Previous Clubs: Tramore
Capped At: Under 18,

Sponsored by: Morris’s DIY

 

Matthew Connor joined The Blues in February in 2014 to challenge Kevin Burns for the number one shirt for the 2014 season. The exciting young goalkeeper made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland Under-18′s during a friendly in February before called up to the Republic of Ireland Under-17 squad for their games against Austria on March 2-6 in Dublin.

Connor impressed during pre-season and started two of The Blues friendly matches for the senior squad. Connor is eligible to play for the senior squad and the Under-19 squad.

 

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Shane Morrissey

DOB: 27/04/96
Born: Waterford 
Position: Goalkeeper 
Height: 6ft 2 in 
Previous Clubs: Ferrybank, Bohemians,
Capped At: Under 17, Under 18

 

Shane signed for the first team in March 2014 after impressing for the Blues Under-19 squad during their 2013/14 season that concluded during March. Morrissey put in a number of good performances as The Blues youngsters finished in fourth place in the U19 Elite League. With the absense of Matthew Connor due to international duty, Morrissey was immediately included in the Blues squad shortly after signing, and will challenge Connor and Kevin Burns for the number one jersey.

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Gavin O’Donovan

DOB: 03/11/1994
Born: Waterford
Position: Defender
Height: 6ft
Previous Clubs: Villa FC, Waterford United U19
Capped At:

Sponsored by: Sully’s Snooker

 

Gavin was a member of that De La Salle College Tony O’Neill
Cup winning side in 2011, and has previously played with The
Blues U19s before graduating to the senior side. Although
slightly less fortunate to find the centre back slots rather less
problematic, he is nevertheless very highly rated for the future,
and has made the bench on several occasions last year, coming
on as a sub at Drom in August. The highly rated youngster
signed for The Blues first team in January for the 2014 season.

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Gavin Kavanagh

DOB: 02/11/1987
Born: Dublin
Position: Centre Back
Height: 6ft 1in
Previous Clubs: Nottingham Forest, Crumlin United, Cork City
Capped At:

Sponsored by: Uluru Bar & Restaurant

 

After a superb season in 2013, Gavin was voted Player of the Year from the Waterford United Supporters Club and deservedly voted on to the PFAI First Division Team of the Year. Gavin re-signed for The Blues in December 2013 for the 2014 season.
A versatile and commanding central defender, who is also comfortable in either full back position, Dublin-born Gavin began his career with Crumlin United before joining English side Nottingham Forest. Following his spell cross-channel, Gavin returned to Crumlin in 2009 and then signed for Cork in the summer of 2010, quickly becoming a key figure for the Leesiders, making 25 league starts in their promotion-winning season in 2011, and continuing to play a key role in the Premier Division in 2012, with 20 league appearances, scoring twice.

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Shaun Corcoran

DOB: 28/06/1990
Born: Waterford
Position: Full Back, Centre Back
Height: 6ft 2in
Previous Clubs: Wexford Youths
Capped At:

Sponsored by: Waterford City Council

 

Shaun joined Wexford Youths in the pre-season of 2012 and made his league debut in a 2-0 win over Mervue United on 30 March. He went on to make 17 league appearances for Shane Keegan’s side in his debut season. The defender, who is comfortable in a central role or the left full back position, joined The Blues in December 2013 in preparation for the 2014 First Division season.

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Conor Whittle

DOB: 28/04/1995
Born: Waterford
Position: Right Back
Height: 5ft 10in
Previous Clubs: De La Salle, Waterford United U19s
Capped At: U15, U16, U17, U19

Sponsored by: McLeary’s Restaurant

 

Having caught the eye every season from U14 upwards for De La Salle FC, and winning the 2011 Tony O’Neill Cup with the De La Salle school side, Conor Whittle was signed to the Blues U19 Elite squad for the 2012/13 season. An impressive first season saw him brought into the senior ranks, and though still qualified for this season’s U19s squad, since June he has become a regular in the first team, scoring a cracking goal in the friendly against Manchester United and a rather more fortunate one at Salthill Devon!

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Gary Delaney

DOB: 11/05/1994
Born: Wexford
Position: Defender
Height:
Previous Clubs: Wexford Youths
Capped At:

Sponsored by: McDonald’s

 

Gary joined Tommy Griffin’s Waterford United in December 2013 for the 2014 season after an impressive season with Wexford Youths where he appeared 21 times in the league for The Youths. Gary played with the Youths in 2012 and was first involved with the senior squad as an unused substitute in the 1-1 draw away to Douglas Hall in the third round of the FAI Cup on 27 May 2012. He made his league debut at home to Mervue United on 27 July 2012 and he made 4 league appearances that season.

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John Frost

DOB: 20/05/1980
Born: Waterford
Position: Full Back
Height: 5ft 9in
Previous Clubs: St Patrick’s Athletic, Sporting Fingal, Limerick
Capped At: U15, U16, Schoolboys, U18, U21

 

‘Frostie’ spent the first eight years of his career at the RSC, and returned in 2012 after a six-and-a-half year absence. He joined St Patrick’s Athletic in the summer of 2005 for a successful three year spell which included an FAI Cup final appearance, and bettered that with Sporting Fingal, winning the Cup and gaining promotion in 2009. The 32-year-old brings a wealth of League experience to the young squad, complementing an all-action style and a never-say-die attitude. John is now part of the coaching team at The Blues U19 team, and will also be available to the first team in the 2014 season.

 

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Thomas Whitty

DOB: 28/02/1993
Born: Waterford
Position: Centre back, full back
Height: 5ft 10in
Previous Clubs: Waterford Bohemians, Tramore, Waterford United U19,
Capped At:

Sponsored by: DVF Print

 

Thomas joined the Blues first team in January of 2014 from Tramore. The defender previously played with The Blues Under-19s in 2012 before joining Tramore in the Waterford Premier League for a season and a half, before returning to The Blues as a member of the first team. Thomas is a defender by trade, and is more comfortable at centre-back, but can equally move to a fullback position should he be required.

 

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Paddy Barrett

DOB: 22/07/1993
Born: Waterford
Position: Centre Back / Midfield 
Height: 6ft
Previous Clubs: Southend Utd, Aberdeen, Dundee United
Capped At:

Sponsored by: Tom Murphy Car Sales

 

Waterford-born Paddy Barrett joined the Blues on loan from SPL side Dundee United in July of this year, with a view to getting regular first team action. The strong, powerful, but skillful centre half moved from local side Southend to Aberdeen, and from there to Dundee United in 2010, where he has starred for their Youth and U20 sides, earning a place on the first team bench on a number of occasions in the past two seasons.  Barrett played in both central defensive and midfield positions last season and formed a formidable centre-half partnership with Gavin Kavanagh and will an important player again in 2014.

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Patrick Fitzgerald

DOB: 08/03/1995
Born: Waterford
Position: Defender
Height: 6ft 1in
Previous Clubs: 
Waterford Bohs, Waterford United U19s
Capped At: U18 Schools

Sponsored by: Café Frites

 

Defender Fitzgerald played a central role in 2014 pre-season in the centre of the Blues defence and joined the first team for the league season. Fitzgerald made the step up to the senior side last summer, after an outstanding season with the Under 19s in 2012/13 – and was awarded Airtricity U19 League Player of the Month for October.

Fitzgerald has also starred for the Under-19s  He also was a member of the victorious DLS school side in 2011, represented the Blues in for Ireland’s U18 Schools side in the Centenary Shield, and finished 3rd in the race for a place in Celtic’s Academy on the RTE reality TV show Football’s Next Star.

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Peter White

DOB: 03/08/1986
Born: Tipperary
Position: Defender/Midfielder
Height: 6ft
Previous Clubs: Carrick United, Kilkenny City, Limerick, Wexford Youths
Capped At:

Sponsored by: Audi Waterford

 

Peter began his career with his home club Carrick United and Kilkenny City before joining Limerick in 2006, remaining with the Shannonsiders until the end of 2011, apart from a hiatus in 2009 when he lined out for Wexford Youths. Strong in the tackle, good in the air, and with a great engine, the versatile Tipperary man made an early switch from the back line into the heart of the Blues midfield in 2013, where he forged a hugely effective partnership with Gary Dempsey, and scored a number of key goals.

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DOB: 03/08/1994
Born: Clonmel
Position: Midfield
Height: 5ft 9in
Previous Clubs: Villa FC, Waterford United U19s
Capped At: U18 Schools

Sponsored by: The Sunday Business Post

 

Doherty re-joined The Blues on loan from Ipswich Town in February 2014.A tricky, superbly skillful left winger in the old style, Jack quickly established himself as a real fans’ favourite in his previous spell with The Blues, and he also starred for the Ireland Schools in the 2013 Centenary Shield. He became the second of the U19s to secure a high-profile move to the UK when he joined Ipswich Town at the end of July last year, after Sean Maguire’s move to West Ham last January.

Jack was promoted to the seniors by then Blues boss Paul O’Brien at the end of August 2011, after a string of exceptional performances with the Under 19s.A Carrick-on-Suir native, the midfielder showed no signs of being overawed by the step-up, making his debut away to Limerick in the last match, and adding 13 appearances in 2012, scoring twice, all while continuing to perform outstandingly for the young Blues.

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Conor Coad

DOB: 06/02/1994
Born: Waterford
Position: Centre Midfield / Attack
Height: 5ft 9in
Previous Clubs: Villa FC, Waterford United U19s
Capped At:

Sponsored by: Glenpatrick Spring Water

 

Conor is another of the many Under 19 players to be brought into the senior set-up over the past two seasons, again making a dozen or so appearances, and scoring twice away to Athlone in the last regular season game in 2012. A gifted midfielder, with a sublime set of skills and the ability to run a game from the middle of of the park, Conor can also line out up front or out wide. Conor, very much one to watch over the coming months, re-signed for The Blues in January for the 2014 season.

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Brian Nolan

DOB: 28/11/91
Born: Waterford 
Position: Midfielder / Defender 
Height
Previous Clubs: Waterford Bohs, Waterford United U20s
Capped At:

Sponsored by: Tom Geraghty Tyres

Brian rejoins the club after spending the past two season with Wexford Youths, and the off-season with Waterford Bohemians. Brian originally signed for the senior squad in 2011 after impressing for the U20 side in 2010, the midfielder turning in a number of superb performances for the Young Blues.

Brian, who is equally comfortable in defence, joined Wexford Youths for the 2012 season and remained with the south-east club for the 2013 season, before returning to the RSC to become the 16th member of the squad for 2014.

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Kevin O’Connor

DOB: 07/05/1995
Born: Enniscorthy
Position: Midfield
Height: 6ft 2in
Previous Club: Curracloe United, Waterford United U19
Capped At: U16, U17, U18, U18 Schools

Sponsored by: SportsWorld

 

An immensely promising central midfielder, Kevin joined the Blues U19s for the 2012/13 season, but by January of 2013 year was swiftly added to the senior panel. He made his League of Ireland debut as a sub for Peter Higgins in the first game of the season at home to Finn Harps, and has since become a regular at the heart of the Blues midfield. Kevin has played for Ireland’s Under 17s (the only home-based player in the squad), and in Paul Doolin’s U18 domestic squad, and represented the Blues in the 2013 Centenary Shield alongside Jack Doherty and Pat Fitzgerald.

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Shane Murray

DOB: 26/09/1990
Born: Wicklow
Position: Midfielder
Height
Previous Clubs: Sheffield United, Arklow Town, Bohemians, 
Capped At:

Sponsored by: Bausch & Lomb

 

Wicklow-born midfielder Shane Murray joined The Blues for the 2014 season after spending the 2013 season with Bohemians in the League of Ireland Premier Division. Shane played with the Arklow Town FC Leinster Senior League team following his release from Sheffield United in 2012.  The attacking midfield player, known for his technical ability, is expected to be a real thorn in First Division defences this season.

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Philip Drohan

DOB: 06/05/1986
Born: Wexford
Position: Left Midfield
Height: 6ft
Previous Clubs: New Ross Celtic, Tramore AFC
Capped At:

Sponsored by: Gregory’s Clothes for Men

 

‘Drukie’ signed for Waterford United in the 2013 Summer transfer window after a superb season with Junior League champions Tramore AFC, and a pre-season win for the Seasiders in which he scored twice. He made his debut against Salthill in June, and has quickly become a fixture in the side, scoring his first goal in a 2-0 win at Wexford Youths. Deployed mostly on the left wing, he has quickly adapted to the step up to League football, and already put in several superb performances. He also played for New Ross Celtic in the FAI Cup game at the RSC in 2011.

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Thomas Croke

DOB: 26/06/1991
Born: Waterford
Position: Midfield
Height:
Previous Clubs: Wexford Youths
Capped At:

Sponsored by: Tower Hotel

Waterford-born Thomas joined Waterford United ahead of the 2014 season. Thomas signed for Wexford Youths in January 2012 and made his club debut in the 6-0 win over The Blues on the opening night of the season. He went on to make 14 league appearances that year in the 2012 season. The attacking midfielder is a welcomed addition to a more locally based Blues squad this season. The exciting player was a stand out performer for the Youths last season and his addition is an exciting one for all at the RSC.

 

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Stephen Kenny

DOB: 14/05.1993
Born: Cork
Position: Striker
Height:
Previous Clubs: Cork City
Capped At:

Sponsored by: Robert Thompson Undertakers

Attacker Stephen Kenny joined the Blues from Cork City ahead of the 2014 seaosn. Stephen starred for the Cork City Under-19s in their double winning season in 2011/12 and made the step up to the senior team making 14 appearances in 2012 – before making the step up during the summer of 2012, then making eight league appearance last season.

 

 

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Kynan Rocks

DOB: 15/09/1995
Born: Cobh
Position: Striker
Height:
Previous Clubs
Capped At:

Sponsored by: Macron

 

Kynan joined The Blues in December 2013 from Cobh Ramblers. The striker joined former Cobh attacker Conor Meade in signing for the Blues in the 2014 season. Rocks has played for the Irish Schools side and he was a member of the Cobh Ramblers U19 squad for the 2012/2013 before earning his place in the Ramblers first team. Described as ‘one of the most exciting players around at the moment’ by Blues boss Tommy Griffin, Rocks ability is sure to excite regulars to the RSC during the 2014 season.

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Paul Quilty

DOB: 02/09/1982
Born: Waterford
Position: Striker / Wide Midfield
Height: 5ft 9in
Previous Clubs: Southend United, Waterford Crystal, Tramore AFC
Capped At:

Sponsored by: Clem Jacob Hire

 

Over the past number of years Paul forged a reputation as one of the most feared, and most prolific, strikers in the Junior League with Waterford Crystal and more recently Tramore AFC, and he won the golden boot with the city side in 2011, and the Premier Division with the Seasiders in 2012. Effective whether deployed up front or wide in midfield, ‘Cogs’ has the ability to score from anywhere, whether finishing from close range, or dropping deep to pick up the ball and fashion his own chances from distance.

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Conor Meade

DOB: 27/02/1985
Born: Dublin
Position: Striker
Height: 5ft 11in
Previous Clubs: Cobh Ramblers
Capped At:

Sponsored by: Blues Supporters Club

 

Though Dublin-born, Conor came through the underage ranks with Cobh Ramblers, with whom he has had three spells in his career to date. He made his league debut in 2004, and won the First Division title in 2007, but suffered relegation the following year. A season at Blarney United followed, before a return to St Colman’s for two non-league campaigns, but he left to join Avondale United, and won the Munster Senior League with the Cork outfit in 2011/12. He rejoined Ramblers in 2013, and the prolific marksman was on 14 League and Cup goals when he signed for the Blues on July 2nd 2013, including four in one game against Mervue. He has not lost his touch, scoring four in four games during August.

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Vinny Sullivan

DOB: 19/04/1981
Born: Dungarvan
Position: Striker
Height: 5ft 11in
Previous Clubs: Dungarvan United, Glasgow Celtic, Livingston, Cowdenbeath, Cork City
Capped At: U17

Sponsored by: Paul O’Neill Construction

 

Starting off at Dungarvan United, Vinny moved to Scotland in 1998, spending three seasons at Celtic before decamping to Livingston in 2001. Returning home in 2002, he helped the Blues to the First Division title in 2003 and the FAI Cup final in ’04 in his first spell at the RSC. 2006 saw him move to Cork City for a season, but he returned to Suirside for a second and third stay, punctuated by six months of Gaelic Football with Dungarvan. A two-year second spell at Cork brought another Division One medal, and 17 league goals in 57 games, but he is now back home for a fourth time, where his goalscoring talents, and his astonishing work ethic, will be invaluable again this year.

 

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Willie John Kiely

DOB: 25/06/1988 
Born: Abbeyside 
Position: Striker
Height: 5ft 9in 
Previous Clubs: Ballinroad, Abbeyside, Waterford Bohemians, Cherry Orchard, Aberdeen, Tramore AFC.
Capped At: Under 15, 16, 17 & 18

Sponsored by: Perennial Freight

 

Willie John rejoined the club in March ahead of the start of the 2014 First Division season. Kiely started his career with Ballinroad, Abbeyside and Waterford Bohs before heading for Dublin and Cherry Orchard, where he won a SFAI Cup winners medal. From there he moved to Aberdeen, starring for their U19 and reserve sides, but was released in the summer of 2007, signing for the Blues despite keen interest from Drogheda. A superb 21-goal haul in 2010 saw Willie John finish joint top scorer in the Division, and lift the Blues fans’ Player of the Year award. A natural poacher with a nose for goal, Kiely lined out for Tramore AFC last season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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