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Shamrock Rovers Confirm First Division Team

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Shamrock Rovers will field a team in the Airtricity League, First Division from the 2014 season, it has been confirmed today.

The FAI has today announced the eight teams that will contest the First Division next season, which includes the Shamrock Rovers second team.

The official confirmation comes after talks between the club and the FAI in recent weeks following an expression of interest made by the club to the FAI.

Speaking about the announcement, Shamrock Rovers chairman, Jonathan Roche said: “Entering a team in the First Division is a significant step for Shamrock Rovers Football Club. The First Division team will play an important part in player development at the club from next season. We feel the First Division will give our young, talented players the chance to play at a higher level and get valuable experience of this level of competitive football. The First Division team will provide an extra pathway for players into our first team in the future.”

The agreement between the FAI and Shamrock Rovers includes the following parameters:

 

·         The First Division team will not be eligible for promotion or the play-offs.

·         Shamrock Rovers will play the full First Division affiliation fee.

·         The First Division team will not be allowed to enter the EA Sports Cup or the FAI Ford Cup.

·         Disciplinary sanctions imposed on Shamrock Rovers players will apply to both teams.

·         From their Premier Division squad, Shamrock Rovers will be permitted to play a maximum of three outfield players and a goalkeeper in First Division fixtures.

The FAI has said that subject to all clubs receiving licences, the 2014 First Division will consist of the following eight clubs: Cobh Ramblers, Finn Harps, Galway, Longford Town, Shamrock Rovers, Shelbourne, Waterford United and Wexford Youths.

This new model adopted by Shamrock Rovers is one already employed by other European clubs such as Ajax, Barcelona, PSV Eindhoven and Real Madrid to name but a few.

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