Burns signs on loan for Shamrock Rovers

3rd January 2024
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Former St. Patrick’s Athletic winger signs on loan from MK Dons

Former St. Patrick’s Athletic winger Darragh Burns has signed for Shamrock Rovers on loan from MK Dons. 

Having come through at St Kevin’s Boys and at underage level for St Patrick’s Athletic, Darragh made his first appearance in senior football in July 2019 aged 16, coming off the bench in a friendly against reigning UEFA Europa League champions Chelsea.

His competitive debut came in September that year against Cabinteely in the Leinster Senior Cup and he signed a two-year deal with the Inchicore club. Darragh went on to make over 50 league appearances in two-and-a-half seasons for the Saints with a return of eight Premier Division goals.

In 2021, he was awarded the club’s Young Player of the Year award as St Pat’s secured a second place league finish and Conference League qualification. Darragh produced a man of the match display in the FAI Cup semi-final win over Dundalk before his side beat Bohemians on penalties in the final, in front of a then record crowd of 37,126 at the Aviva Stadium.

The exciting winger continued to impress in the 2022 season, eventually signing for MK Dons in the summer. He made four league starts and 10 substitute appearances last season and scored four goals in a further eight cup competition ties.

Speaking to shamrockrovers.ie, Head Coach Stephen Bradley said, “Darragh is one that we’ve always liked and we tried to sign him before he moved to England. We feel he has different attributes to what we already have in the attacking part of the pitch, which is really important and it gives us a good blend.”

“We’ve tried to get him before and now that we can, he’s going to be a good addition to the group. We’re delighted to get him in and get started. I’ve been speaking to Darragh regularly for some time and one thing he’s eager to do is to get back playing and show everyone what he’s about and hopefully we can help him do that. He’s really eager to get on the pitch and back playing.”