New Waterford FC signing Rob Slevin is determined to make the most of his League of Ireland opportunity as the 20-year-old defender joins until the end of the season.
Slevin, comfortable at left back or centre back, has joined Alan Reynolds side for the second half of the season after a successful season with UCC.
It’s been a busy season for the former Carrigaline United player; a Munster Senior League Premier Division winner to go along with Collingwood Cup glory (where he was named Player of the Tournament and scored the winning goal in the final versus UL) with UCC.
Rob was nominated for the FAI Intermediate Player of the Year at the FAI’s Player of the Year Awards earlier this year and is part of the Irish College and University team next week for the World University Games in two weeks.
Speaking to WaterfordFC.ie after signing, Slevin spoke of his determination to break into the first team:
“I’m delighted to join the club. I think when you join a club you have to push to get into the starting XI and I’m not coming from Cork to be happy to sit on the bench and watch games.
“I want to make an impact and I want to show people what I can do on the pitch. I’ve trained with the players and it’s gone well so far so I can’t wait to get going.
“Coming from UCC in Cork to Waterford probably isn’t the usual path but I’m delighted to get the opportunity. I wanted to give it a go and I’m determined to make the most of the opportunity.
“Rennie was watching a Munster Senior Cup game when I was playing with UCC and the move came from that. My season only finished a couple of weeks ago with UCC so it’s great to get the move sorted now.
“I played with Cobh U17s a few years ago but this is my first time playing senior League of Ireland football; it’s a brilliant challenge that I’m really looking forward to. I’m away with the Irish College and University team next week for the World University Games and then straight back to training.”
Speaking to WaterfordFC.ie after confirming the signing, manager Alan Reynolds said:
“We’re delighted to get Rob signed up for the rest of the season. He’s got a great left foot and can play at left back or as a centre back so that gives us good cover there.
“He’s still a young lad of 20 years of age but he’s come in, trained well and has impressed. He’s away with the the Irish Colleges team next week but he’ll be straight back in once that’s over and hopefully hit the ground running.”