Livingston FC is delighted to announce the signing of 20-year-old Irish forward Jaze Kabia on a 2-and-a-half year contract.
Jaze joins from League of Ireland side Shelbourne FC where he signed in March 2017 from Cobh Ramblers, initially teaming up with their under-17 squad before progressing through the ranks right through to the first-team.
The young attacker played a pivotal role in helping secure Shelbourne’s promotion as Champions from Division 1 to the top flight in the 2018-19 season.
Manager Davie Martindale said: “I’m really excited by the signing of Jaze Kabia. He’s in an age category where we have been short in recent years and we felt it was important to add quality around this age. Jaze came in to train for a week or so and showed up extremely well in training with the 1st team.
“He has first-team football experience with Shelbourne and has scored goals in the top division in Ireland as well as the 1st division. I’m grateful to the board for allowing me to bring a player in that has cost a small compensation fee but it shows the club are willing to invest in young talent even with today’s economic conditions.
“He has come on board knowing there is a pathway to first-team football – how quick he gets there will be entirely down to his short-term development but there’s no doubt that he can add depth to our first-team squad just now.
“We may look at potential loan options for Jaze as I think regular first-team football is so important at this stage of his development but that’s a bridge we will cross at the end of the month. In the meantime, he will fight for a place in our matchday squad once his International Transfer Certificate comes through.
“I am really happy to get Jaze on board and I’m excited that we have another very talented player at a good age pushing for first-team football.
“I want to pass on my thanks to Shelbourne FC and his agents at Consilium Sports.”
Jaze will wear the number 37 shirt for the remainder of this season.