December 8, 2023: Shelbourne FC are delighted to announce the signing of John Martin from Dundalk.
The 24-year-old attacker was a key player for the Louth outfit in 2023, making 32 appearances in the League of Ireland Premier Division.
Martin scored six goals for Dundalk last season and one in particular will be fresh in the mind of Shels fans, as it came against the Reds in a 1-1 draw at Oriel Park.
Prior to joining Dundalk Martin played with Waterford. A technical and pacey forward, Martin has been capped at underage level for the Republic of Ireland.
Martin joins Dean Williams, Lorcan Healy, Conor Kearns, Gavin Molloy, Mark Coyle, JJ Lunney, Jad Hakiki, Evan Caffrey, Brian McManus, Matty Smith, Paddy Barrett, Tyreke Wilson, Kameron Ledwidge, Sean Boyd, Shane Griffin, Shane Farrell, Keith Ward and Sean Gannon in the Shels squad for 2024.
Damien Duff, Shelbourne FC Head Coach said: “With so much attacking talent leaving the club during this window, it is imperative that we replace it. John has been an attacking force in this league for a few years now. I love his hunger to score goals and win games. On top of his pace, power and technical ability, he has a great presence on the pitch too. He will fit in brilliantly with the players and our culture.”
John Martin said: “Absolutely delighted to be signing for Shelbourne. It’s a massive club with a big
history and they’re coming off the back of a couple of great years so it’s in a great place
right now. I can’t wait to work with the staff and the lads and hope I can add to the huge quality that’s already in the squad. It’s one of the best fanbases in the country and I can’t wait to get out and play in
front of them. After making the cup final and reaching Europe in the last two years the natural progression will be for us to compete for trophies now and I fully believe we will so I can’t wait to get started”
About Shelbourne FC
Founded in 1895, Shelbourne Football Club is a leading professional football club based in North Dublin. Shels, as commonly referred to, has won 13 League of Ireland titles along with 10 national cups. The Tolka Park side compete in both the SSE Airtricity League and FAI Women’s National League and has a thriving Academy based at the Athletic Union League in North Dublin with over 400 boys and girls.