Blaney pens two-and-a-half year deal with Motherwell

Letterkenny defender Shane Blaney has signed for SPL side Motherwell.

The 23-year-old joins from Sligo Rovers, penning a two-and-a-half year contract.

Blaney will be a familiar name to Motherwell fans, after scoring a spectacular opener at the Showgrounds as the Bit O’ Red saw off the Steelmen in this season’s UEFA Europa Conference League qualifiers.


“Shane is someone who we have watched closely since that European tie where I felt he played very well in both legs,” manager Steven Hammell said.

“He has had an impressive season with Sligo and we think he can continue that upward trajectory with us at Fir Park. He will give us additional competition in defensive areas and will push the likes of Lamie, Solholm and Mugabi for a start.”

Blaney started his career with Finn Harps, making his debut in 2017, before moving across the water to sign for then EFL League 1 side Doncaster Rovers in January 2018.

The teenager couldn’t break into the Donny side, but did enjoy several development loans at Tamworth, Grantham Town and Blyth Spartans.

He returned back to Ireland in 2021, signing for Sligo where he has been a first-team regular since.

“This is a really exciting move for me,” Blaney added.

“I’ve loved my time at Sligo and want to continue to improve and add to my game here at Motherwell.


“There is a lot of really talented players in this squad already and I can’t wait to get going.”

Blaney will wear the number 20 this season and will not be able to feature in any matchday squads until January 1 2023.

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