Shelbourne FC are delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Coyle as the new club captain for the 2024 season.
The 26-year-old midfielder has been an integral part of the Reds since joining from Finn Harps during the close season of 2022.
The Donegal man has demonstrated natural leadership qualities and a strong presence in the middle of the park, quickly establishing himself as a fan favourite.
Despite facing injury challenges during the early stages of his Shels career, Coyle has consistently proven his mettle, making a significant impact in 2023 as the Reds secured a 4th place finish in the League of Ireland, their highest since 2006.
The Donegal man made 27 appearances last term, 24 of them as a starter. He scored one gaol last season, the winner in a crucial victory away to Sligo Rovers in August 2023.
Prior to joining Shelbourne, Coyle’s outstanding performances at Finn Harps earned him the Player of the Year award for the 2021 campaign.
Known for his technical ability on the ball and tenacious tackling, Coyle has become an important part of the culture created by Damien Duff at the club.
Coyle assumes the role following the retirement of Luke Byrne at the end of the 2023 season.
Damien Duff, Shelbourne FC Head Coach said: “I am very proud to announce Mark as our new captain. He was the outstanding candidate to lead us into battle this season. He commands respect from the dressing room, the terrace and the league. He represents everything this club is about. Being selfless, humble, hard working and full of quality.”
Mark Coyle, Shelbourne FC Captain said:“It’s a bit surreal to be honest, I’m hugely honoured and proud to be the captain of this great football club. My family is so proud. It could’ve been any one of our dressing room we’re lucky to have lots of leaders at Shels, I was captain on occasion last season but didn’t want to get excited about possibly being made captain when Luke Byrne stepped away, because I knew it could’ve been any one of a few lads. There is pressure with the armband but it’s a privilege to be captain of this club, I really am so proud and honoured.”
The new club captain sat down with Ste Doody this morning to discuss the 2023 season, what it means to him personally to captain the Reds and excitement for the new season ahead.