Kevin Grogan has swiftly secured his first player signing for the 2016/17 season, the talented and experienced striker Kwesi Mills-Odoi.
The 29-year-old former CPR front man who was born in New York said he was very happy to be joining the Rocks and that he was looking forward to beginning pre-season training in July.
A dedicated club man at CPR since his debut in 2007, Kwesi made the decision to remain in Division 1 soccer after his previous club’s relegation to Division 2 last month.
“I’m very happy to join the Shamrocks,” said Kwesi. “I have admired their progress back to Division 1 and they have done very well to stay up during what has been a tough season for many clubs. I want to pay tribute to everybody at CPR, especially the first coach who gave me my opportunity, Joe Sullivan. Joe regards Kevin very highly and I’m very much looking forward to getting started in July. I hope my future team mates can win the League Cup on Sunday as it is the least they deserve for all the work they put in this season.”
In his nine years at CPR, Kwesi was twice named MVP awards while also scooping up three golden boot awards. He won two league cups back-to-back while also appearing in a Manning Cup final and and two league semi-finals. Kwesi captained the first team in his final season at CPR while he has also represented Ghana in the COPA NYC.
“Kwesi is exactly the type of player I want at the Shamrocks,” said Grogan. “Joe Sullivan told me he is as good a man as he is a player. He had opportunities to sign for four other CSL top division clubs but he decided to join us here at the Shamrocks. He believes in our vision.
“His attitude is top class but his ability to hold up the ball and find the net is going to be a huge benefit to us when we embark on our second season in Division 1.”