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Carrigaline’s Slevin Signs for Waterford FC

Writes Ciaran Dineen

UCC student Rob Slevin has officially signed for League of Ireland outfit, Waterford FC on Friday 21st June, having spent a number of weeks training with the Munster side.

Carrigaliane’s Slevin has had huge success of late with UCC’s soccer team, who have recently won the Munster Senior League Premier Division and the prestigious, Collingwood Cup. Rob played a key role in both campaigns, which resulted in an historic moment for UCC, as they were crowned winners of the Holy Trinity; Fitzgibbon Cup (Hurling), Sigerson Cup (Football) and Collingwood (Soccer).

The 20-year-old has previously played for Carrigaline United, while also achieving great success for his secondary school in Rochestown College. Rob, who can play both centre and left back, continued to strive in UCC , where he has just finished his second year of college.

His career path is following a very similar path to that of current Cork City defender, Seán McLoughlin.McLoughlin, like Slevin won the Collingwood with the college in 2017 and was named Player of the Tournament, before going on to join the then League of Ireland champions. Rob himself was also selected as best player throughout the campaign, but went one further as he grabbed the winning goal in the final against University of Limerick, sparking wild celebrations back in early February. Since then Rob has been called up to represent Ireland at collegiate level, along with another local, Gordon Walker. 

At the UCC Sports Star Awards 2018/19 (in association with The River Lee & the Bank of Ireland): Rob Slevin, Soccer, with his mother Colette (left) is presented with their Awards by Mary O’Connor, CEO Federation of Irish Sport.

The former St. Mary’s pupil will be signing for Waterford from now until the end of the season, where he will hope to impress enough to warrant a further extension ahead of the 2020 season.

Speaking on the Waterford FC website for the first time Rob said, “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.”

Speaking to The Carrigdhoun Newspaperon his move and what his expectations and targets are in the near future, Rob says, “My targets until November are to get the feel for the professional environment and test myself against players who are used to playing at a high level. I’m excited for the challenge and definitely think I’m up to it. I’m looking forward to the challenge of hopefully breaking into the team first and foremost, and if I do I’ll set more targets then.”

Waterford FC have a habit of signing players from Carrigaline, with Aaron Drinan having a strong association with the club. Best of luck to Rob from everyone at The Carrigdhoun Newspaper!

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