Ronan Finn becomes the latest high profile player to leave Oriel Park following the departures of Andy Boyle, Darren Meenan and Daryl Horgan. It is understood that Dundalk failed to come to an agreement with the midfielder, as he demanded a large wage increase. Shamrock Rovers seized the opportunity and brought Finn back to the place where he lifted the league title in 2011.
Shamrock Rovers called a press conference on Tuesday afternoon to confirm the signing. Manager Stephen Bradley, was elated with the coup;
Ronan is one of the best players in the league. I'm absolutely delighted to have him here as club captain.
— Shamrock Rovers FC ☘️ (@ShamrockRovers) December 20, 2016
Undoubtedly, the signing of Ronan Finn is a huge statement of intent by Shamrock Rovers as they aim to return to the summit of Irish football once again. When he first sported the hooped jersey five years ago, he done so as a one of the most exciting young talents in the country. Finn later opted to play under Stephen Kenny at Dundalk where he lifted two league titles and an FAI cup.
Ahead of his 29th birthday, the Dubliner returns to Shamrock Rovers with a mature head on his shoulders and has been rewarded captaincy as a result.
Ronan Finn spoke to The Sun after putting pen to paper;
I’m at a great age now, I’ve had success at Dundalk, I’m coming back as a better player.
I’m looking forward to showing fans…I might have annoyed a few people leaving but I’ve had success leaving and I’m going to be successful coming back here.
It’s going to be a very exciting period for the club. They’ve made smashing signings and, with the lads already here, they have a great group.
Ronan Finn off to Shamrock Rovers after they offered deal that includes an opportunity to kickstart his career outside football - big move
— Daniel McDonnell (@McDonnellDan) December 19, 2016
Dundalk in the meantime have signed just one player to date, former St.Patrick's Athletic defender, Seán Hoare.
It certainly makes for a very interesting title race ahead of the 2017 League of Ireland season.