UCC soccer star Rob Slevin is recruited by Waterford United

UCC soccer star Rob Slevin is recruited by Waterford United
Goalscorer Thomas O'Donovan is congratulated by UCC team mates Matthew McKevitt and Rob Slevin (centre). Picture: Howard Crowdy

UCC’S Munster Senior League winning centre-back Rob Slevin has been snapped up by Waterford.

The former Carrigaline United schoolboy signed for Alan Reynolds’ outfit, having trained with the Blues for the past three weeks.

Slevin, a Beamish Stout Senior Premier Division League winner with the Students, has signed a deal to play at the RSC until the end of the season and he is looking forward to another chapter in what has been a fantastic and eventful 12 months for the 20-year old.

Slevin, a Collingwood Cup winner earlier in the year, finished the campaign by helping the league champions to victory over Avondale United in the O’Connell Cup last Saturday, less than 24 hours after being named the Munster Senior League Player of the Year.

Before linking up with his new team-mates in Waterford, Slevin will be part of the Ireland squad that will jet out to Naples next weekend for the World University Games.

“It’s been a fantastic season and I’m delighted to have signed for Waterford. It’s a new challenge for me and one that I’m really looking forward to,” Slevin said.

“Playing in the League of Ireland was always an ambition, but I hadn’t thought too much about it when I was playing for UCC, but when the chance came up I had to go for it.” 

Moving to Waterford will extend an already lengthy season for the second-year commerce student, but he is up for it.

“It’s like going from one season into another, but I’m fit enough and I believe I can do it. It’s another test, but I’m confident,” Slevin added.

Slevin will spend the next week preparing with the rest of the Irish Universities squad at the UL.

He will be joined by fellow UCC team-mates Simon Falvey and David Coffey, but there was bad news for Gordon Walker who has named in Greg Yelverton’s original squad but has been ruled out after fracturing his leg.

Three other UCC students, David Hurley, Cobh Ramblers, and Pierce Phillips Cork City, as well as Ringmahon’s Anthony McAlavey (IT/Carlow) and Cork City’s Shane Daly Butz (UCC) were also named in Yelverton’s squad.

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