Dundalk midfielder Daniel Kearns has completed his move to Peterborough United on a three year deal. The highly rated 20 year midfielder passed a medical at London Road.
Kearns will wear the number 21 jersey in for the Posh and inevitably the midfielder was delighted with the move.
‘I am delighted it is sorted now, it has been muted for a while, but I got the call and flew over yesterday and met with Barry on Tuesday to finalise everything.
‘I heard about the interest just over a week ago, my agent spoke to my Dad and said that a good bid had been put in for me. It dragged on a bit, I am glad everything is done.
‘There was a bit of speculation with other clubs, but nothing concrete until Peterborough made a bid, but speaking to the manager and Barry, it seems like a club that is progressing and going in the right direction and I want to be a part of that.
‘The club have a history of developing young players and that is massive for me. I have spoken to Darren a few times and listened to what he has to say and it is obvious that he wants to play passing attractive football and once you hear that as a player, you want to be here. This is where I want to be,’ Kearns added.
Kearns started his career with West Ham United and was a regular in the under 18 side, but was allowed to leave Upton Park and returned back to his native country.
‘I came back from West Ham and have played pretty much every game for Dundalk, but coming in to Peterborough I am ready to push on and step up and show people what I am all about.
‘I think this move is the right move at the right time for me. Staying in Ireland wouldn’t have been a disaster because I was improving and playing regular football, but I have just turned 20 and at the age, I want proper training and be playing competitive at a good standard.
‘I was at West Ham as a youngster and it was disappointing to leave, but I wanted to play regular football and Dundalk gave me that. I was sad, but at that stage of my life I wanted to be playing football.
‘There is an international break at the minute and that will give me time to settle in with the rest of lads at training. I think all of the boys are roughly the same age as me and it will be nice to get to know everyone,’ Kearns concluded.
Kearns, who represented Northern Ireland at under 17 level before switching allegiances to the Republic of Ireland. He has represented the Republic of Ireland at under 19, 21 and 23 levels.