Kerry boss Dennehy lures Keane from Treaty United

Billy Dennehy in action for Limerick City.

FORMER Limerick City player Billy Dennehy has been announced as manager of the newly formed Kerry FC, with whom Treaty United will lock horns in the early stages of next season’s First Division. 

Dennehy, 35, spent just a short while with Limerick during a League of Ireland journey that also saw him at Derry City, Cork City, Shamrock Rovers and St. Patrick’s Athletic. 

He also had spells overseas with Sunderland and Accrington Stanley. 

“The project has been referred to as the brainchild of the Tralee man, who becomes a first-team manager for the first time in his career,” said a statement from Kerry FC. 

Dennehy said: “To be named as the manager of Kerry FC is something that means a huge amount to me and my family and although I know it will be a huge challenge, I am confident that Kerry FC will be extremely competitive in the 2023 season.”

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One of his early signings, from Treaty, is 26 year-old Matt Keane who will return to Kerry to join the Tralee-based outfit. Under Tommy Barrett, Keane made 26 appearances during which the central midfielder played over 1,500 First Division minutes last season. 

“I am over the moon to sign for Kerry FC and to be able to play SSE Airtricity First Division football at home is something I have dreamed about for a long time. I have been following the project very closely and when I got the call from Billy it really was a no-brainer,” said the Killarney native.