5
Defender

Dan Cleary

5
Defender

Dan Cleary

Dan Cleary
  • Number5
  • PositionDefender
  • Signed1/1/22
  • Previous ClubsLiverpool, Birmingham, Dundalk
  • NationalityIrish
  • Date of Birth9th March 1996
  • Place of BirthDublin
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St Johnstone recently confirmed the signing of defender, Dan Cleary. The ball-playing defender will join the club until the summer of 2024. He will bring calmness and forward passing to the backline, with the ability to step out of defence with the ball and drive forward. Whilst also being strong and aggressive with his defensive duties when needed.

Daniel Cleary was born 9th of March 1996 and is an Irish footballer who played as a defender for Liverpool, but mainly for the Liverpool U21s from 2011 to 2016.

Liverpool agreed a deal to sign the young Irish centre back Cleary in the summer of 2011 from Irish club side, Crumlin United. The deal saw Cleary stay in Ireland until January 2012, after which he made the switch to Merseyside. Meetings with Steven Gerrard and Kenny Dalglish paved the way for Cleary to make the switch across the water to Merseyside.

Cleary was initially based with the Under 16s, however he was promoted to the Under 18s for the 2012-13 season. He first appeared for the side in 2012-13 pre-season friendly games and made his competitive debut on 18 August 2012 in a 3-3 draw against Wolves

Cleary eventually moved from Liverpool to Birmingham City before returning to his homeland, signing for Dundalk.

Cleary, 25, joins Saints from Dundalk where he has enjoyed multiple honors over the past 4 years. Winning 2x Irish Premier Division titles, 2x FAI cups and 1x League Cup. Whilst also helping Dundalk reach the group stage of the Europa League.

Cleary is looking forward to getting started with his new teammates and is looking forward to helping Saints climb the table:

“We know it is going to take hard work and dedication to get points on the board and climb the table. I know I am ready for that challenge and I need to impress the manager and the staff to show I am worthy of a place in the team.”

Cleary will wear the number 5 jersey and will be looking to make his debut against Hearts on January 18th.