Richard Dunne is already looking forward to teaming up with Shay in goals saying: “If you’re going to lose Brad Freidel, I don’t think there’s a better replacement than Shay. I think he’ll step in and he’ll be a fan favourite straight away because he makes spectacular saves that sometimes don’t look possible. He’s a good lad to have around the training ground, he mixes in and works hard in training.
“He’s going to bring a bit more experience to the team as well, which will help over the course of the season. I think players who can come and fit straight in to the squad will settle quicker. It’ll help them and it’ll help the team. Shay will come in and within a week it’ll seem like he’s been here a long time. We lost a few players during the summer, so we need to get a few in with some experience. I think Shay is a great start.
“He’s not played many club games recently but he’s played every international. When he’s turned up he’s been brilliant. He played three or four internationals at the end of the season and he didn’t concede a goal. Shay, like I said, is the ultimate professional. Whether he’s playing or not he’s always keeping himself fit and charged, so I don’t think that’ll be a worry for him.”