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Dundalk complete signing of Latvian international

Phil Egan
Phil Egan

11:37 8 Jan 2021

Dundalk have signed Latvian international defender Raivis Andris Jurkovskis on a free transfer.

The 24-year-old has won 13 caps for Latvia and joins from FK Liepaja after his contract expired with them at the end of last season.

Dundalk were short on options in the full-back area after the departures of Sean Gannon and Dane Massey.

Dundalk boss Filippo Giovagnoli said: "Raivis can play at full-back, on either side. He is a really good player, strong, fast and physical.

"He is considered as one of the best players in Latvia and when we started to watch him, we had no doubt he was the player for us."

Jurkovskis was capped for Latvia at U19 and U21 level before making his debut for the Latvian national team in a friendly against South Korea in February 2018.

The last of Jurkovskis' 13 caps for Latvia came in a 5-0 win over Andorra in the UEFA Nations League.

Jurkovskis played more minutes than anyone with Liepaja over the past two seasons and signed off with a goal in Liepaja’s 7-0 win over Jelgava on the final day of the Latvian season in November.

That result secured them a fifth-place finish and qualification for the UEFA Europa Conference League.

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