Dundalk have announced that 19-year-old goalkeeper Ross Treacy has joined the club after being released by English Premier League side Swansea City in the summer.
Playing for St Kevin’s Boys at schoolboy level, Treacy made the move across to the Liberty Stadium back in 2015 before being released by the Swans in July of last year.
Since then, the former Ireland Under 17 International was without a club before Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny decided to make a move for the young goalkeeping prospect.
Speaking shortly after Wednesday night’s friendly win over Brentford B at Oriel Park, Treacy spoke of his delight at securing a move to the league and FAI Cup runners-up.
“I am happy to be at Dundalk. The club has done some big things in the last few years and it has been great to look from afar,” Treacy told the club's official website.
“I have been watching that and there’s always progression here. The club is on the up and I want to be part of that.”
Treacy noted that he had been close to making a move to Oriel Park in the summer after being released by Swansea.
He's keen to make his mark at the start of what is a brand-new era for the Lilywhites both on and off the pitch following their recent takeover by a US-based consortium.
“I am looking forward to competing for places here and helping the team in whatever way I can.
“Stephen ]Kenny] got in touch with me last summer, but I missed the deadline. Lucky enough he got back in touch with me at the start of this pre-season.
“He asked me to come up and train. I feel it has gone well and I was delighted to be offered a deal.”
Joining up with his new employers at the start of pre-season, the Dubliner has been more than happy with how his time at the club has gone to date.
“The lads have been good to me so far. A great group of people, I have known some of them from playing with them before so that helps. It has been good so far.”
With Swansea City playing at such a high level in the Premier League across the water, the new recruit admitted that he has been suitably impressed by the standard of play on offer.
“I was at Swansea City for three years and that was an eye opener. It taught me a lot about how football works, I got a better understanding of it.
“It helped me with my technically ability to compete here. I am in a good place. There isn’t much difference between football here and in the UK. The gap has certainly got smaller.
“The pace and the intensity in games and training there isn’t a major difference now.”
While being well aware of the challenge that he faces in attempting to dislodge the experienced campaigners of Gary Rogers and Gabriel Sava, the teenager is relishing the opportunity to test himself against some quality goalkeeping options.
“The plan is to get my head down and challenge both Gabby and Gary for the spots ahead of me. That’s what I want to do.
“I want to make sure that when an opportunity comes around that I am ready to come in for the team.
“I want to push the lads, hopefully they will push me too and it’ll be healthy competition.”