Kinsella signs up for Lucan United

by Stephen Findlater

LUCAN United have added another marquee name to their LSL Sunday Senior 1B panel with the signing of former Republic of Ireland international Mark Kinsella.

Manager John Doyle says he “twisted his arm”to line out for the side in recent weeks as he lined out for their 6-0 win over Rathcoole Boys last week, a result which lifts them to the top of their division and in good shape for promotion.

The 42-year-old Kinsella brings with him a wealth of experience having played in the English Premier League with Charlton as well as winning 48 international caps.

He joins Lucan’s list of high profile players including League of Ireland hero Mark Rutherford, former Arsenal man Graham Barrett and Republic of Ireland B cap Graham Gartland.

Kinsella linked up with the club after he gave a talk at Lucan United’s Christmas party, having moved to the area and taken on some coaching roles with the club.

And Doyle says that all the guys who have joined the club have strong connections in helping the club push on. Rutherford has headed up the club’s academy and now has two daughters playing in its youth section.

Former Drogheda star Gartland has a nephew who now plays in the Lucan academy and he wanted to keep playing football despite stepping down from the League of Ireland where he has a decorated career while he brought along his friends Barrett and Stephen Bradley – a Premier Division and FAI Cup winner with the Drogs – in too.

Doyle told the Junior Soccer Portal website this week that having players who have that wealth of experience has been huge in helping develop the younger players in his panel.

“You can imagine the experience we now have in the team. we have three lads 18 and under in the first team and the ex-pros are bringing them along very quickly,” he said. “They are talented lads and are getting a lot of direction from the older guys who are really helping them settle in intermediate football and develop at a fast rate.

“We are delighted with the club’s overall progress. We have seven Irish internationals in our schoolboy ranks last year and five this year, two captaining their country.

“We also have three players now playing across the water at Liverpool, Celtic and Preston. So we have come a long way in such a short period.”

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