Dundalk FC have confirmed the signing of local player Shane Grimes.
Grimes started his career at Oriel Park back in 2005 under Jim Gannon and remained at the club until the 2008 season where chances were limited, however he was part of the side which gained promotion against Kidare under John Gill.
A move to Monaghan United followed in 2009 where he excelled under Mick Cooke and was a key member of the squad which gained promotion in 2011 with Roddy Collins as manager.
The defender moved onto Drogheda United in 2012 with Mick Cooke and he played a part in the squad’s runners-up finish as well as their EA Sports Cup triumph. A run in Europe and three Cup finals followed in 2013 and he helped the side pull away from relegation zone in 2014, before returning to his hometown club.
Speaking to dundalkfc.com after completing the move, Grimes couldn’t hide his delight at re-signing for the club and is looking forward to the new campaign.
“I am absolutely over the moon. I really am. They’re my hometown club and I am really delighted to sign. I didn’t want to leave the first time and I’m just glad to be back. There’s no better feeling than pulling on your hometown jersey and I can’t wait to do that again. Playing for the club has been a dream and I can’t wait to get started back already.
“Stephen (Kenny) tried to sign me in the summer but it didn’t happen because of the situation and that. I was delighted when he rang again and was more than happy to come back. I am looking forward to the new season. I just want to win everything in front of me. The lads are all the same though. They’ll be wanting to win all the tournaments we enter and I am glad to be a part of that. It’s a new challenge for me and it’s great to be back.”
Craig Colgan, Pundit Arena
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