Waterford United have taken advantage of the demise of Dublin City by signing three of their players.

New United manager Gareth Cronin has brought in defenders Robbie Hedderman and Alan Keely as well as striker Ger McCarthy. All three arrive at the RSC as free agents.

Cronin, who was assistant manager at Dublin City before it ceased trading, has moved swiftly to replace the three players released last week with the signing of the trio.

Hedderman (24), who has enjoyed spells with Cork City, Derry City, Sligo Rovers, also spent some time at Aberdeen. He has been capped at underage level for Ireland.

Keely, also 24 and son of former Dublin City boss Dermot, won a First Division medal with Finn Harps and also played at Kildare County before the Vikings.

27-year-old McCarthy has enjoyed spells with Dundalk, Shelbourne as well as St Patrick's Athletic before Dublin City and he scored in his debut for the Blues in their friendly against Blarney United on Saturday.

All three will go straight into the Waterford United squad for Friday's eircom League clash with Drogheda United.

Cronin said: 'I needed to bring in players to the team and with the transfer window closed my options were limited. I have managed to sign three quality players and I have no doubt that they will play a major part for Waterford United for the rest of the season.'