The New Saints of Oswestry Town is delighted to announce the signing of Kurtis Byrne. The 28-year-old Dublin-born striker began his youth career in England, with Norwich City, before moving north of the border to Scotland.
Permanent contracts at Hibernian and Ross County were combined with loan deals at East Fife, Alloa Athletic and Brechin City before another move took him back to his native Ireland and Dundalk.
Finding the net numerous times – including twice in the UEFA Champions League – he then played for Bohemians and St Patrick’s Athletic, where he scored seventeen and twelve times respectively.
Another move north of the border, this time the Irish one, saw him switch to Linfield last season. His strike rate at The Blues was one-in-three as eighteen appearances resulted in six goals.
We spoke briefly with Kurtis at Park Hall, following his signing for The New Saints: “I’m delighted to get it done and I’m excited for the season to start. I trained today with the lads for the first time and it was good to get back into it”, he told us.
Manager Scott Ruscoe, expressed his delight as he inserts the final piece of the transfer jigsaw. Although, having said that, this is football and you can never say never.
“We are pleased to sign Kurtis Byrne and see it as an exciting signing to strengthen our squad. He brings experience, has played several times in European competition already, scoring some vital goals. His signing brings competition in that area and this will improve us for the season ahead.”
Welcome to Park Hall, Kurtis. A full interview with the striker will appear in due course.
Lead image courtesy of Dundalk FC. Kurtis in action for the Lilywhites.