- Monday December 18th, 2023 @ 11:38
Redmond Signs New Long Term Contract
He's the best on earth and he's here to stay! Club Captain Joe Redmond has signed a new long term contract to remain at Richmond Park.
The 23-year-old has made 67 appearances in red and white so far, scoring four times, and captained the club to Sports Direct FAI Cup glory last month.
Joe will be heading into his third season in Inchicore as the club looks to continue it's recent successes.
Redmond spoke to our Youtube channel shortly after putting pen to paper
"I'm delighted to get it all sorted and my main focus is now on next season and helping the club to kick on again.
I'm really confident in the group we have and the new players that we've brought in, those of us who were here last year have a taste for silverware now and we're all hungry for a bit more.
We've got Europe to look forward to also which we'll be giving a big push towards, getting to the group stages is definitely an aim for this club this year or over the coming years.
When I first signed two years ago, my main objective was to get into the team, and have a good pre-season. That year went well and it was amazing to be named Captain, it's something I'm very proud of, and winning the FAI Cup last year was one of the best days ever, so we want more.
This club is really growing and going in the right direction, as is the League of Ireland overall, and that's what made the decision for me.
The standards are rising and there's so many good young players coming through at the club, players signing long contracts too, we're really excited for the next few years."
Watch Joe's full interview on our YouTube channel.
Manager Jon Daly is delighted with today's big news:
"Joe committing his long term future to the club is excellent news.
Since signing at the beginning of the 2022 season, he's gone from strength to strength.
He is one of the best centre backs in the country and will continue to play a key role for us on and off the pitch.
Captaining a club like St Patrick's Athletic to the FAI Cup at the age of 23 was an unbelievable achievement and we're hoping Joe can help drive us on to more success.
We all saw what the club means to Joe after the final, he's a hugely important player and we're all delighted that he'll be here for the next few years."
Club Chairman and Owner Garrett Kelleher added:
"I'm very pleased that Joe has agreed to make a long term commitment to St Patrick's Athletic.
He's a natural leader, a young man of the highest integrity, a winner and fully aligned with the clubs trajectory and ambition.
The club is in a good place with characters like Joe in Inchicore."
Redmond joined St Pat's from Drogheda United at the start of the 2022 season and was the only player across the entire League of Ireland Premier Division to play every minute of every match possible in 2022, making 42 starts in total, across the league (36), FAI Cup (1), President's Cup (1) and Europe (4).
Joe was was also voted as the St Patrick's Athletic 2022 Senior Player of the Year by the Patron Saints supporters group, earning himself the nickname 'The Rock Of Richmond' among the fans.
He was nominated for PFAI Young Player of the Year and rewarded for his brilliant performances by being named in the PFAI 2022 Premier Division Team of the Season.
From a family of life-long St Patrick's Athletic supporters, Redmond was named Club Captain in July 2022.
The centre-back received his first Ireland U21 call-up and made his competitive debut in the European Championship play-off game at home to Israel in Tallaght in September 2022, playing the full 90 minutes before starting again in the second leg a few days later, Ireland were beaten on penalties.
Joe has been capped by his country at U16, U17, U18 and U21 level.
Joe scored the equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Derry City on the opening night of this season, his second goal for the club.
However he seriously injured his hamstring away to Drogheda United on April 10th this year, the injury required surgery in London and meant the Tallaght man missed 16 matches, including both European games.
He returned off the bench, almost a month ahead of schedule, in the 2-1 FAI Cup 1st round win away to Longford Town on July 23rd.
Redmond made 20 league appearances this season, scoring three times in total.
He helped The Saints keep four clean sheets in a row immediately after his return from injury, and won the St Patrick's Athletic / Manguard Plus Player of the Month for August and again for September, as voted for by the St Pat's supporters via social media.
His greatest moment as a Saint so far came in front of a record 43,881 supporters at Aviva Stadium, as he captained his club to the FAI Cup, beating Bohemians 3-1.
Redmond spent five years with Birmingham City, having moved there from St Joseph's Boys in 2016, before returning home to sign for Drogheda United in July 2021, he followed Manager Tim Clancy to St Pat's in January 2022. Joe also had a loan spell at Cork City in 2020.