Waterford's Young Player of the Year Rory Feely signs back for 2019

Mon, Dec 03 2018

Feely marked his first campaign at the RSC by picking up the Young Player of the Year award. Credit: Michael P Ryan

Waterford have continued to build their squad for the 2019 Premier Division season through the re-signing of defender Rory Feely.

Feely will hope he can make a similar impact for the Blues in 2019 to the one he made in his debut campaign after capturing the Blues’ Young Player of the Year award for 2018.

Shortly after signing his new deal, Feely revealed that re-signing for the Blues was always his intention heading into 2019.

“I’m absolutely delighted to re-sign for next season,” he told the Blues’ media team.

“I’ve been speaking to Rennie and I had to sort a few college things but I’m delighted to get it done and sorted.

“Last season was a really successful season for us and it was nothing more than we deserved I think.

“We had a fantastic dressing room last season and morale was brilliant to be around. The fans drove us on and it was a thoroughly enjoyable season overall.

“I’m really looking forward to getting going and meeting up with all the players again - it’s a top pro setup and with the facilities there, it was always my first choice to re-sign.

“Rennie [Alan Renyolds] was good to me last season with college and working around that, so it was an easy decision to stay.”

Blues boss Alan Reynolds weighed in with his praise for his newest reacquisition, complimenting Feely’s versatility in the process.

“It’s great to get Rory signed for next season. He played a big role last season and he’s an excellent, young player,” Reynolds said.

“He played in a number of different positions and really complimented the style we played. He brings a lot of energy to the side and we’re delighted he’s re-signed for the new season.”

Feely joins Cory Galvin in re-signing with the Munster side for 2019, while the Blues have captured JJ Lunney (Bohemians), Shane Duggan (Limerick) and Zack Elbouzedi from Inverness Caledonian Thistle.