Johnny Kenny continues family tradition at Sligo Rovers

Sligo Rovers confirmed on Saturday that academy player Johnny Kenny has signed his first professional contract with the club, penning a deal for the 2021 and 2022 seasons.

Kenny progressed from his club Arrow Harps and at school level with Coola Post Primary to join the Rovers underage sides where has made a big impression in the last few years.

That culminated in being the top scorer in the SSE Airtricity League Under-17 with 17 goals in eight games.

Kenny was moved up to Under-19 level for the end of the year, scoring two in the Shield semi-final and four in the final to take his record to 23 goals for the year.

The 17-year-old trained with the first-team last summer and today becomes the first new academy player to sign as a professional for 2021.

He is the son of a Rovers great, also Johnny Kenny, part of Rovers 1994 treble-winning team.

Liam Buckley said: “We’re very pleased to sign Johnny to his first professional deal today. Johnny is the latest in a long list of academy players that have stepped up to join our first-team.

“We have the likes of John Mahon and Ed McGinty who may be the obvious ones but in our squad we had seven or eight play first-team football last campaign.