United’s new signing said: “I’m over the moon, it’s nice to know my future is here at Tannadice for at least the next couple of years and I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead. With the number of Irish lads already at the Club, it’ll be a little bit easier for me to settle in. The Irish lads who are here have done well and I know I can bring something to the squad here. I am looking forward to joining up with my teammates in December.”
The 26-year-old Tipperary man previously played for Sunderland and Royal Antwerp, before moving to Sligo Rovers, where he was club captain in 2010 and won the PFAI Player of the Year award also.
Dundee United manager Peter Houston said: “Richie is a different type of midfielder to those already at the Club. He is more of a sitting, defensive player who is strong in the tackle and can pass the ball. He is left footed as well which adds to the balance of our midfield. Having played well in excess of 40 games this season for Sligo, he will now head home for a well earned break before returning to training with us in late December with a view to making an impact on our squad in January.”