David Webster signs for Drogheda United

Drogheda United are pleased to announce the signing of defender David Webster.

Webster joins from Bray Wanderers after impressing on trial with the club over the past month.

The 33-year-old came through the underage ranks at Bray, making his first team debut in the League Cup for the Seagulls in 2008 before making his league debut the following season. The defender remained with Bray until the end of the 2014 season.

The 2015 season saw Webster make the move to Shamrock Rovers, with his first goal for the Hoops coming in a Europa League win against Progrés Niederkorn.

He spent three years with Shamrock Rovers, before spending the following two seasons at Waterford and St. Patrick’s Athletic respectively.

Webster then made the move to Donegal to join Ollie Horgan’s Finn Harps, spending three years with Harps. The Harps captain however saw his final season with the club end prematurely in April due to a knee injury, and returned to his former club, Bray, for 2023.

“Over the years, I’ve been close to signing with the club. I know Kevin and Daire well, so I’m delighted to get the opportunity to come to such a club,” Webster said.

“Obviously I was back in the First Division with Bray last season, but I got a phone call in December to come in and train in pre-season, and see if it was right for me and the club. Thankfully, I came in and did well, and it’s great to get it over the line now.

“I’ve settled in well. It’s an easy group to come into. Being on the older side in the dressing room, I’m there if I can pass on any of my experience to other players. Any successful team has that good experience of youth and experience,” Webster explained.

Manager Kevin Doherty also gave his thoughts after Webster signed for the club.

“Dave is a really experienced player, and will add to the experienced cohort we have. He’s been excellent over his whole career and it strengthens us in a couple of positions at the back.

“It’s like every position, you want to have as much competition as possible, and keep lads on their toes. We haven’t just signed him for his experience, he’s a really good player, and he’s fit as well.

“That’s probably why we had him in over the last month, because he didn’t play a lot of games last year coming back from his injury. He’s flying now, he’s done every single session and played in every game he was allowed to play in, as he couldn’t play in the Leinster Senior Cup game,” Doherty explained.

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