Ali Coote is a Red

Shelbourne Football Club is pleased to announce our first signing of the summer, with Ali Coote joining from Detroit City, subject to international clearance. 

He will arrive at Tolka Park when the transfer window opens on July 1st 2024. An attack minded left sided midfielder, Coote has made nine appearances for the USL Championship side this season, the tier below MLS. Starting eight of those games.

The Scottish native will bring a mix of League of Ireland and European experience to Damien Duff’s side. He played a key role in Bohs 2021 European run, playing six times as they defeated ​​Stjarnan and F91 Dudelange in the UEFA Europa Conference League.

Coote scored twice against PAOK Thessaloniki in the third qualifying round, finishing the 2021 season with 42 appearances and seven goals.

In the 2022 season, Coote made 32 appearances and the following season played 30 times in the League of Ireland, scoring six goals.

Coote has made 109 appearances in total during his time in the League of Ireland with Bohs and Waterford FC, scoring 15 goals and registering 18 assists.

He’s also played 11 times in the FAI Cup, helping Bohs to reach finals in 2021 and 2023. 

Coote’s career began at Dundee United’s academy, where he signed his first professional contract in June 2014. 

He made his senior debut for Dundee United the following year against Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership. From Scotland, Coote joined Waterford FC before moving to Dalymount where he spent three seasons.

Internationally, Coote has represented Scotland at the U15, U16, and U17 levels, winning 18 caps between 2012 and 2015.

Ali Coote said: “Delighted to be joining Shelbourne, I’ve spoken to a few of the boys and they love it here. Damien and his staff have proved to be top level over the past few seasons and that’s an environment I’m excited to be a part of. I’m looking forward to getting started and helping the boys finish the season strongly. See you all at Tolka soon.”

Damien Duff, Shelbourne FC Manager said: “As promised, we have moved on very quickly and will continue to do more business. Ali is a wonderful signing and a very dangerous player in the league with a lot of X factor. Ireland is his home from home and he belongs here. He is a player that will excite the fans and influence our games. And most importantly, he will buy into our culture, as it is what we are built on”

Luke Byrne, Shelbourne FC Technical Director said: “Ali is a brilliant signing for the football club. He will bring a lot of quality and experience to our squad as we aim to continue building on the positive start to the season we’ve made. He’s a player our fans know well from over the years and I’m sure they will all agree we are delighted he will be wearing the famous Red of Shelbourne from now on.”

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