After captaining Waterford FC on its return to the Premier Division for the first time in ten years, Waterford native Kenny Browne becomes the latest player to be named as part of the Blues squad for next season.
Browne, who returned home from Cork City at the beginning of last season, will remain for the upcoming campaign after penning a two-year deal in 2017 and his addition ahead of the new season will come as a welcomed boost for the club.
The defender, who is in his second spell with the club, put in some strong displays in the heart of the defence where he made 23 appearances, earning him a place in the PFAI First Division Team of the Year for 2017.
A player with a wealth of experience in the Premier Division, Kenny is looking forward to life back at the top with his hometown club. He commented today:
“It’s great to see Waterford back in the Premier Division and I’m looking forward to playing a part in that. Last season was fantastic and it was brilliant to see the crowds return to the RSC.
“The support that we received throughout the season home and away was incredible. People have waited a while for Premier Division football to return so we’re all hoping that we can bring the game in this area to the next level.
“Exciting times lie ahead and this is the beginning of a new era for this club. It’s important that we’re able to compete in the top division – it’s a massive step up. It’s a challenge that I will relish and we’re all just eager to get going over the next few weeks.”
Commenting on Browne’s commitment for 2018, the club’s First Team Coach Alan Reynolds said:
“Kenny is a player with bundles of experience in the top division and when you look back on it, he returned to Waterford to win promotion with his home town club where he could have easily stayed with Cork where he would have landed a league and cup double.
“He was a pivotal player in our success last season especially in those tight games where his experience got us over the line. There’s no doubt that he is one of the top defenders in the National League and we’re delighted that we have him here at Waterford for another year.”