By Dan Chapman
Full Contact client Aidan Keena has today completed a transfer from Scottish club Hearts to Hartlepool United.
Hartlepool’s manager Dave Challinor fought off interest from many clubs in Scotland and England to secure the signing of the Republic of Ireland Under-21 front man on a permanent deal from Hearts.
The 20-year-old forward came through the ranks at St Patricks Athletic in his native Ireland before winning a move to Hearts in the summer of 2017 where he has excelled in the Under-20s side.
Keena gained senior experience with a loan move to Queen’s Park at the beginning of 2018 and he went on to score eight goals in 16 appearances for The Spiders. After making his senior debut for Hearts, he was allowed out on loan to Dunfermline and prospered once more as he hit the net five times in 12 games.
He scored his first senior goal for Hearts in the Scottish FA Cup last February but has been unable to pin down a regular starting spot for the Scottish Premiership outfit this season.
Full Contact’s Head of Ireland Patrick Conliffe said “Aidan was extremely keen to secure the opportunity to play regular, first team football and, in particular, wanted to make the move down to the English leagues. Though he had options to transfer to clubs in a higher division, Aidan – to his credit – wanted to work with Dave Challinor and aims to quickly establish himself as a leading striker in the National League and kick-start his career from there. He has a fantastic attitude and a lot of natural ability – we are hopeful that Jeff Stelling will be shouting out his name on a regular basis for sure!”
All at Full Contact wish Aidan Keena and Hartlepool United the very best with this move, which remains subject to international clearance. We would place on record our thanks to our FA Registered Intermediary Jon Herrador for his work on this transfer.
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The spearhead and Senior Partner of Full Contact, Dan is an experienced solicitor and advocate, with a specialist background in employment law and sports.
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