Age group international Dan McKay joins Irish club Cobh Ramblers

New Zealand age group international Dan McKay has signed a professional contract with League of Ireland first division club Cobh Ramblers.

McKay (20) joins the Cork County club after a spell at the Wellington Phoenix academy and has represented New Zealand at U-19, U-20 and U-23 levels.

How Cobh Ramblers welcomed Dan McKay to the club.

Main photo: Dan Mckay in action for New Zealand U-23s against Vanuatu in the OFC Olympic qualifier in Auckland last September. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.

The midfielder played club football for Lower Hutt City.

Cobh Ramblers are the club that started the senior career of Irish international and Manchester United midfield star Roy Keane.

Manager Gary Hunt told the club’s social media: “Dan comes in having taken the gamble to seek an opportunity in a different country, and since he has come in around the group, he has fitted in well with the lads.

“We wanted to make sure it was a right fit and he has backed up that with his ability so we are delighted to give him a chance to make a name in the game.

“He will add some good competition in central areas for us for the new season.”

McKay said: “I’m thrilled to be signing with the Ramblers for the 2024 season and have really enjoyed my short time with the group so far.

“The training environment is very competitive and demands high standards. which I love. and as for the lads in the squad, I could not have asked to be with a better group.

“I am very excited for the 2024 season and will be working very hard to help the team achieve the goals we have for the season.“

New Zealand’s Dan Mckay at the 2022 OFC U-19 Championship in Tahiti. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.

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