Shamrock Rovers has today announced the signing of midfielder Greg Bolger.
This is a tremendous coup for the club capturing the signature of one of the best midfielders in the league and a player that has been a highly sought after by many clubs.
Shamrock Rovers head coach, Stephen Bradley said:
“I think he’s one of the top players in the league and has been for a number of years. He brings vital experience to us and he understands what it takes to win in this country. He dictates games, he’ll get us playing and create a tempo for us. So he’s a great signing. I know that a number of other teams wanted his signature so we’re just delighted that he sees his football here next year.
We spoke to people that have worked with him and all reports have been really good. He works hard, he’s a team player and goes about his business in the right way. We wanted to see what sort of character and personality he was. It’s a big thing for us when we sign players, it has been from day one and it was no different with Greg. So it was a no-brainer for us.
We were looking for that type of player to come into the group that’s been there and won things. He understands how to win things. We’ve got some really talented young players in this squad. I think Greg is at the right age of his life and his career, he’s at a stage where he’ll bring on our young players by how he behaves on and off the pitch.
When you speak to him you get the sense that he’s hungry to go and show what a good player he is again. I think he’s shown that over the years in the league but this year has maybe been a little bit frustrating for him in terms of starts. He’s a player that any time we’ve watched Cork or played against them, he’s hurt us, and when you come up against players like that you need to try and get them in your ranks and thankfully we have.”
Greg Bolger said:
“I’m delighted to sign here. I’ve been speaking to the two Stephens in the last few weeks and it’s good to get it done and done early. I’m looking forward to next year, buying into what the lads are trying to do here and help the team progress. I haven’t come here to be mid-table. Rovers are a big club, I’m here to win titles and that’s what the aim is next year. Talking to Stephen Bradley and what his plans are for next year, I’m delighted to be a part of that.
I think we have a good chance. The players here are top players and I think Stephen is adding one or two more so it’s exciting times. Stephen told me about the development from schoolboy up, that’s only going to benefit the first team and the club in years to come. These players will progress in their career and get better with good coaching from the likes of Aidan Price and Damien Duff. I’m a bit jealous that I didn’t get that when I was younger. So it’s great to see.
I was really impressed with Aaron Bolger when Rovers beat Cork in the league this season, he was the best player on the pitch. I’m looking forward to playing with him, he’s a great prospect and hopefully he can develop and get even better. I played with Ronan Finn when we won the First Division together at UCD. I had great times playing with Ronan, he’s a top player so another motivation of coming here is playing with the likes of him. I think he knows my game and I know his game so hopefully we get a good comradery and do the business on the pitch.
The words Shamrock Rovers speaks for itself. It’s one of, if not the biggest club in the country and there’s the brand of football that Stephen is trying to play. I’ve played against Stephen in the league as well, I know the way he operates. He wants the game played the right way and I’d probably be of the same opinion as him. That’s what I’m looking forward to most, getting out there and playing football. It’s a new start here at Rovers.”