Last week, Republic FC announced Dan Casey will be joining the squad for the 2021 USL Championship campaign in what will be the defender’s first professional season competing on this side of the Atlantic.
Across the pond, Casey has previously plied his trade on the backline for Bohemians FC and Cork City in Ireland’s topflight and will bring a commanding presence to the heart of Sacramento’s defense.
Before the 23-year-old laces up his boots for the boys in Old Glory Red for the first time, it’s time to see what some of soccer’s biggest names have had to say about SRFC’s newest defender.
“Dan has had a major impact with Bohemians this season. He is a young player who has come back from England and made his mark in the league in the last year and a half. He’s good on the ball, very strong in the air, aggressive and has huge potential. He has tremendous hunger to go to the highest level and is a player we think will fit brilliantly into our set-up. We can see how well he did this year in a very good Bohs side. We need ambitious, hungry players and he fits that bill.”
“I’ve known Dan since he was with St. Joseph’s, he was a very sought-after player before going over to Sunderland. I’m delighted to sign him. He’s a big, powerful lad. He’s a player who I believe will be a good addition to the squad. We’ve got someone coming home who is hungry to succeed and who wants to play. He’s had four years as a young pro at Sunderland and has played at Under-23 lever there. Now he wants first-team football. I think we’ve got someone who feels he’s got a bit of a point to prove.”
"Dan epitomizes everything I want in the culture at this football club. He’s dedicated, he’s hungry to succeed and he has a desire to win that’s second to none. Then you add in the attributes he has on the ball - both on the ground and in the air - and his physicality. We have a player that will be amongst the best in the league."
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