NEW Dundalk striker Vinny Faherty has set himself a target of being the club’s leading goalscorer after putting pen to paper on a one year deal at Oriel Park.
Faherty made his debut for the Lilywhites in the 5-0 win over the Tommy Mac XI on Saturday, opening his account for the club after just 90 seconds.
The 25-year-old Galway native arrives from St Patrick’s Athletic where he spent four months at Richmond Park last season, hitting six goals in just 15 appearances.
This was Faherty’s second spell with the Saints. He moved to Inchicore in 2010 after spending the previous three seasons with his home-town club, Galway United. Under former Dundalk manager Ian Foster, Faherty finished the 2009 season as Galway United’s top scorer with eight goals.
The move to the east coast east paid dividends for Faherty as, under the stewardship of Pete Mahon and John Gill, he went on to be the Saints’ top scorer in 2010 as they reached the final of the Setanta Sports Cup.
A spell in Australia followed with Moreland Zebras, a club based in Melbourne, and the goals continued to come; 14 in 20 outings for the Oz outfit.
And after being re-acquainted with the league last season, Faherty is hoping he can maintain that strike rate for the Lilywhites.
“I was top scorer with Galway United in my time with them. When I moved to St Patrick’s Athletic in 2010 I was the club top scorer. I then moved to Australia to play for Moreland Zebras and I was top scorer there also. I only had half a season with St Pats last year so this year my personal aim is to be Dundalk’s top scorer.”
Faherty took part in Dundalk’s pre-season training camp in Wexford and he said he was excited by the squad that Stephen Kenny had assembled.
“Stephen invited me along to Wexford”, he revealed. “I got a feel for the squad and the coaching and I was very impressed. There is a really good bunch of lads at Dundalk this season. There is a good mixture of young players and experience. Obviously, it will be great to work with such an experienced manager as Stephen Kenny.”
“I wouldn’t have come to Dundalk Football Club if I didn’t think we had a realistic chance of finishing in the top half of the table”, added Faherty.
“Who knows what this season will bring and it’s going to be very competitive – but I had looked at Dundalk and I thought they would do well this season even if I didn’t sign for the club. As I said, I am chomping at the bit to get going.”
Meenan becomes 18th member of Kenny’s squad
DUNDALK boss Stephen Kenny made his 18th signing on Saturday eveing with the acquisition of left-winger Darren Meenan.
Meenan, who has appeared in all of Dundalk’s pre-season games to date, signed up for Kenny’s revolution following the 5-0 win over the Tommy Mac XI at Oriel Park..
Dundalk are Meenan’s ninth League of Ireland club. The 26-year-old previously had spells at Finn Harps, Monaghan United, UCD, Shelbourne, Sligo Rovers, Drogheda United, UCD and, most recently, St Pat’s Athletic.