Daniel Kearns signs
Sligo Rovers are delighted to announce Daniel Kearns as the first signing of the 2016 summer transfer window.
24 year-old Kearns is a former Northern Ireland underage international who has signed for 18 months to the end of the 2017 season.
The right winger began his career with West Ham United who he played for at youth level between 20017 and 2010.
He came to the SSE Airtricity League for the first time after leaving to sign with Dundalk in summer 2010. He enjoyed a successful 18 months at Oriel Park playing in 49 games and scoring nine goals which included a hat-trick at Windsor Park against Linfield.
Kearns performances there earned him a move to Championship club Peterborough United on a three-year contact and he quickly made his debut against West Ham United and was named man of the match on his first start against Coventry City.
In 2013 and 2014 he had loan spells in League Two with both Rotherham United and Chesterfield who he helped secure promotion.
He spent the 2014-15 season with Carlisle United before returning to Ireland last October to sign for Glenavon in the NIFL Premiership. He has scored five goals in this 18 games with them since.
Dave Robertson is delighted with his latest signing as he has brought a player he knows to The Showgrounds in Daniel Kearns.
With the departures of Jordan Richards, Jaanai Gordon and Tim Clancy Robertson has moved to bring in a player with a high pedigree.
Speaking to sligorovers.com after signing him he talked of his excitement to finally land Kearns:
“I am over the moon to secure the signing of Daniel, he is an exciting footballer. He is an excellent attacking player and an exciting one to be working with. He's a player that I have been chasing to sign since I got here and it is magnificent to have secured him. There will be a chance for fans to get their first look tomorrow in Gavin Peers testimonial, he will play 45 minutes of that so fans can see him for the first time here. I am very, very excited to have him here and it is the type of signing we need to make to continue progressing.”
Kearns spent a three-year spell with Peterborough United where he got to know Robertson:
“I have worked with him before so I know him as a character and a person. He is an excellent pro and a great type to have in our squad. He fits the mould of exactly what I want to have. He has already slotted right into the dressing room. He already knows a couple of the lads like Kieran sadlier and Jimmy Keohane.
“Daniel is a player with great pedigree. You can see that ever since he burst onto the scene with Dundalk and he did well in England with clubs like Peterborough United and Rotherham United.”
The SSE Airtricity League won’t be new to Kearns having a previous spell with Dundalk and that will help him make an impact straight away says Robertson:
“With the experience he has and having proven himself before in the league he shouldn’t need much time to settle in. He had a good time with Dundalk and has been here and done that in the league so he should not need time for bedding in.
“He will bring versatility to us. He can play on the right and also higher up the pitch and as an attacker through the middle and on the wing.”