Shamrock Rovers announce a Major Transfer Deadline Day Signing.
Shamrock Rovers today added central defender Lee Grace to the first team squad.
Lee Grace has been in the sights of Hoops’ Head Coach Stephen Bradley for some time and to clinch the signing on deadline day up against significant interest from other clubs is particularly pleasing for the club.
Speaking about the signing Stephen Bradley said:
“I’ve watched Lee a good few times over the last maybe 6-8 months. He’s the perfect age for us, he’s athletic, he’s quick. He’s a good defender one v one and he can play. He has all the qualities that we’re looking to bring into the club, it’s a really good signing and his age makes him a good signing for us going forward as a group, to build what we want to build. We need players around that age that are hungry to win things and he fits the bill. We’d been looking at centre-half in the off season and we couldn’t get the right in and by the time we got to Lee he was already signed. So it’s great that we’ve managed to get it done now. He was impressive with Wexford. A few teams were looking at him, he was in the army at the time and he didn’t want to go further. I think this year he’s taken the step to go and play at a full time level which is why he went to Galway and why he hadn’t moved earlier. He’s been excellent for Galway this year and we’re delighted to get him, he’ll be a real asset to us.”
Pictured below at the club Academy this evening are (L to R) Stephen Bradley, Lee Grace, Stephen McPhail
Lee hasn’t missed a minute of league action this season with Galway United, the only club to take a point off league leaders Cork City. He scored his first senior goal in a recent 4-1 win over Drogheda. The Tipperary native (24) had to leave the army to play full-time football at Eamonn Deacy Park. Galway manager Shane Keegan had introduced Lee to League of Ireland football when he swapped Waterford Premier League side Carrick United for Wexford Youths in January 2015. Lee quickly settled into the centre of defence as the Youths embarked upon a title-winning season in the First Division. Overall he made 49 appearances at Ferrycarrig Park.