DFC | Barrett moves back to Waterford until the end of the season

Lilywhites defender returns to the RSC for a third stint

Paddy Barrett reflects on a missed chance in Dundalk FC’s 1–0 loss to Shamrock Rovers two weeks ago. PICTURE: TOM BEARY

Dundalk centre-back Paddy Barrett has returned to his hometown club, Waterford FC, on a loan deal until the end of the 2017 season.

The 23-year-old moved to Oriel Park ahead of the 2015 season and made 73 appearances for the club, scoring nine goals.

He won two League of Ireland Premier Division titles, an FAI Cup, the President’s Cup and the EA Sports Cup.

Barrett also featured heavily in Dundalk’s European run last year, playing in all six of the Lilywhites’ Champions League qualifying matches.

This will be his third spell at Waterford, who are currently nine points clear at the top of the First Division.

Barrett’s departure comes just 24 hours after Ciaran Kilduff’s move to NASL outfit Jacksonville Armada.

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