Rochdale Football Club is delighted to announce the arrival of defender James Finnerty to the Crown Oil Arena.
The highly-rated 19-year-old has signed a two-year-deal, effective from July 1st, becoming Keith Hill’s first summer signing.
He joins the club from Aston Villa following a three year spell there.
Having spent six years at Belvedere FC, the Irishman made the move to Villa at the age of 16, and he soon made regular appearances for their under 18s, before moving up through the ranks and into the under 23s there.
Finnerty has been capped by Ireland at U15, U16, U17, U18 and U19 level.
“As soon as I heard that Rochdale were interested, I knew it would be a great opportunity for me,” he said.
“I’m well aware that the manager gives opportunities to young players, so it was a chance I didn’t want to turn down.
“I enjoyed my three years at Villa but I’m looking forward to a new challenge. I’m delighted to get the deal done so early in the close season and I can’t wait to get started.”