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Shamrock Rovers announce double signing of Aaron Greene and Dylan Watts.


Shamrock Rovers F.C. is delighted to announce that striker Aaron Greene and midfielder Dylan Watts have signed for the club with Watts going straight into the squad to play Celtic in a friendly match this afternoon (Saturday) at 3pm. Both players are eligible to play for Shamrock Rovers in the UEFA Europa League.

Both Aaron and Dylan have been highly sought after by a number of clubs and this represents a significant coup by the club in obtaining their signatures.

On Aaron Greene, Head Coach, Stephen Bradley said:

“For me, Aaron at Bray the last couple of years has been one of the best players in the league. He’s dangerous from anywhere on the pitch and he scores goals. Aaron had a lot of interest from clubs in this country. He could have went anywhere really and we’re delighted that he’s picked us. I believe he adds a massive amount of pace and power to us in the attacking third of the pitch and that’s maybe something that we’ve been lacking. We’ve been after Aaron for a long time. We did make an offer for him last year and it was declined so we’re delighted to get him now.

I don’t think Aaron has a point to prove to anyone. He showed when he was at Bray what a good player he was. You have to look at what age he was and what was going on at the club during his first spell at the club. He’s a different man now to when he was here a few years ago, he’s matured and he’s settled down. Plus his [four-year-old] son is at the academy, Aaron has been around the club and knows what it’s all about. He wants to be around that. We won’t play Aaron against Celtic, he’ll need a few more sessions under his belt with the team but Dylan will play some part.”


On Dylan Watts, Head Coach, Stephen Bradley said:

“Dylan obviously had a lot of interest from clubs here and away so we’re delighted he’s seen his future here, the next part of his career and development at this club. I think it’s a very mature decision from someone very young. He could have been persuaded by things elsewhere but he’s seen what’s happening here and what we’re doing and wants to be part of that.  We’ve always liked Dylan, from the time he went from UCD and when he came back. He can do everything in midfield – he can start the game, play at the top of the game and score goals. He’s not an out and out number 10 or a sitter in midfield, he can play any position. His ability gives a different dimension to us. We were keen on him even before the Bohs game. He showcased it that night but we were well aware of him and knew the situation with Leicester and monitored it really closely. When we knew it was something we could do we went all out to get him.”

On signing for Rovers, Aaron Greene said:

“I am really looking forward to getting out there and playing for Rovers. It’s my second time around with the club but I am older and more mature now and I will do everything that I can to be successful with Shamrock Rovers. I am from Tallaght and to play here means a lot to me. With a Top 3 place, the Cup and European football ahead of us, I can’t wait to get started.”


On signing Dylan Watts said:

“This is a dream move for me, to come to a club like Shamrock Rovers and to be part of something really big here excites me and I absolutely want to be a part of that. I look forward to getting stuck in straight away in today’s game against Celtic and then we play AIK in the UEFA Europa league qualifier home and away – what a way to start!”


Player Profiles:

Aaron Greene

Aaron is a forward who made a name for himself helping Galway United to avoid relegation in 2009. The following year he signed for Bohemians as they finished runners-up to Shamrock Rovers in the Premier Division. Aaron won two FAI Cup medals in his two spells at Sligo, either side of the 2012 season when Stephen Kenny brought him to Tallaght. He scored 4 goals in 31 appearances, including the winner in the Leinster Senior Cup final. Aaron switched to St Patrick’s Athletic in the 2014 summer transfer window. He stayed with the Saints for the 2015 season and scored nine league goals. Aaron continued to find the net with 11 for First Division champions Limerick (2016) and 12 for Bray Wanderers (2017) but an injury the 28-year-old picked up in April has restricted his season.


Dylan Watts

Dylan has represented Ireland up to Under-19 level. He made his senior debut for UCD in 2015, playing in all four of their Europa League games that season. Then in August 2016 Dylan made a transfer deadline day move to Premier League champions Leicester City, where he made an impact in the club’s Under-23 side. Dylan signed for Bohemians on a short term loan deal until July of this year and the 21-year-old midfielder has impressed since breaking into the Gypsies team. In 22 competitive appearances he scored twice in the League Cup and once in the league at Rovers.