Dean Carptenter will trade Clondalkin and the LSL lower leagues for Tallaght and the League of Ireland top flight.
The full back impressed on trial at Shamrock Rovers over the last month or so and has impressed manager and former Lucan United player Stephen Bradley enough to earn a contract.
The move ends Carpenter’s eight year playing association with the Leinster Junior Champions, but such is the bond the player has with his local club that he will more likely stay involved to some degree off the pitch.
Carpenter has always been viewed as one of the best full backs in the amateur game. The heart on his sleeve kind of competitor is more Jullian Dicks than Ashley Cole in the role, but had enough attacking ability to play left wining and enough defensive nous to slot in at centre half when needed.
The captain was key as the Clondalkin side progressed through the AUL ranks to become a Premier A treat and remained loyal to Kevin Carroll’s charges when they moved to the LSL and were placed in the LSL sixth tier.
The JSP believe he knocked back plenty of interest from more established amateur clubs over the years and indeed turned down advances from League of Ireland Division 1 sides remain at club he so obviously holds dear to his heart.
However, the chance to play for Shamrock Rovers was too much for the full back to turn down and he has put pen to paper this week and is now a Hoops player.
Speaking about the move Carptener said,
“After 8 Successful seasons with a Team/club I call my Family it’s time for me to go and take it to the next level playing while still being involved around the Club
“After a couple of weeks training with Shamrock Rovers FC I have now earned myself a contract with them and I can’t wait for the challenge ahead.”