Dundalk Seal Rossiter Signing
It was an early 8.30 am start for training on Sunday morning for Stephen Kenny and his new Dundalk FC squad. There was one new face who put pen to paper on a contract for the 2013 season following the training session. 29 year old defender Mark Rossiter has become the 15th player to sign up for the season ahead. The vastly experienced defender has won two league titles, one FAI Cup and one Setanta Cup winners medal at his time under Pat Fenlon at Bohemians.
Speaking to dundalkfc.com about the signing, Stephen Kenny said: “Mark is a very good footballer who while usually a right-back can play in a number of positions. He’s a great character and a leader. He will be a great ambassador for Dundalk Football Club. He had great success as a player at Bohs and was very unlucky to pick up an injury last season when he was at St Pats. I saw him recently playing for the PFAI team and he looked great. I’m very pleased to have completed this signing. He’s an exceptional player who is still only 29. I met him first with the Irish national side when he was in the Under 16 group under Brian Kerr in Israel. He was playing with Keith Fahy, Stephen Kelly and others and was a very bright prospect at Sunderland before his progress was halted by injury.
While Rossiter has made his name as a right-back, Kenny sees his ability to play at centre-half as being important to his plans. “When I saw him playing in the PFAI team he was playing at centre-back. We will playing football from the back and Mark has a great range of passing that will be vital for us. His leadership skills are equally as important. We have a young squad and he will able to encourage the young players in our team and help them develop.”
We will have an interview with Mark on dundalkfc.com soon.