Sligo Rovers midfielder Jack Keaney has completed a move to UCD.

The 20-year-old moves to the Students on their scholarship programme. Keaney played 54 times for Sligo after coming through their underage ranks, scoring six goals. 

"We are sorry to lose Jack from the squad," said Bit O'Red boss Liam Buckley.

"He has had this offer from UCD for a couple of seasons and has decided to take it up and we respect that decision. 

"Jack has made great strides and for a man of his age he has had a big influence on the pitch, as well as off of it. He can be very proud of that progress made.

"We are likely to lose one more player come the end of the month but we will look to bring in one or two to add to the squad. We will update on that shortly."

Keaney himself thanked Sligo as he prepared to link up with Collie O'Neill's panel.

"This has been an extremely difficult decision to make, and I want to thank everyone at Sligo Rovers and the Sligo Rovers fans for all the support they have given me over the last number of seasons," he said. 

"When I arrived at Sligo in January 2016 as a kid and I leave here not only having grown as footballer, but more importantly as a person too. 

"This is a special club that will forever hold a place in my heart, and I want to wish everyone at Sligo Rovers all the best for the rest of the season."