St Patrick's Athletic have announced that young midfield star Darragh Markey has signed a new two-year deal with the Saints following his successful rise through the ranks at Richmond Park.
Joining the club in 2014 having impressed at schoolboy level with Cherry Orchard, Markey has gone on to enjoy a stellar few years with the Inchicore outfit under the guise of former manager Liam Buckley and co.
Now 21, the former Republic of Ireland under 17 internationals has installed himself as one of the key cogs in the Saints midfield after making his keenly anticipated breakthrough during the midway point of Pats’ rollercoaster 2017 season.
To date, Markey has made 57 league appearances for the Saints while also scoring one solitary goal for the club in this season’s incredible 5-2 win at home to Derry City in May.
"I'm delighted to stay on at Pat's having been with the club about four or five years and with the club having helped me progress through under 19 level and on to the first team and complete my education through Maynooth University,” Markey said on the completion of his new contract extension.
“When I joined the club, we were competing for titles and European football and my aim is to get us back doing that next season and the season after. So, I'm ready to commit to that.”
Also commenting on the deal was interim manager and Pat’s Director of Football Ger O'Brien who spoke of his deal having completed a deal for one of his former teammates at Richmond Park.
"We are really pleased to have Darragh signed up for the next two years just like we have with Lee Desmond yesterday (see Desmond signing story here).
“I think Darragh has emerged as a really important player in recent times and having joined as an under 17 player, he has really matured and developed into a top midfielder."
Darragh Markey has signed a new 2 year contract. He’s one of our most talented footballers of recent years having joined our U19s, progressed to the 1st team & competed a degree in @MaynoothUni on our joint scholarship programme. @dmarkey111 told us why he’s back pic.twitter.com/SoNBEHoxrp— St Patrick's Athletic FC (@stpatsfc) September 28, 2018