Galway United

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    Galway United have announced that Alan Murphy has signed a contract extension with the club for the 2019 SSE Airtricity League season.

     

    Over the last two seasons, Murphy has guided United's under-17 team to the semi-final stage of the league play-offs and the midfielder wrote his name into the club's history books when he became United's record league goalscorer when he scored his 75th league goal for the Tribesmen against Cobh Ramblers in April.

     

    Murphy's impressive work at youth level at Eamonn Deacy Park lead to his first position in senior management when he took over from Shane Keegan in July.

     

    With United experiencing a disappointing league campaign, Murphy introduced a number of the club's most promising academy players at the tail end of the season and the Ballinrobe man is looking forward to shaping a United team of his own ahead of the 2019 season.

  • Galway United have confirmed that Donal Higgins has signed a new contract with the club for the 2019 SSE Airtricity League season.

    The  17-year-old midfielder joined United's under-17 team two seasons ago and he excelled under Alan Murphy's watch.

    Higgins captained United's under-17's to the semi-final of the league last season and was a key figure, contributing an impressive 12 goal haul from midfield.

    Like teammate Colin Kelly, Higgins also helped Connacht Schools to win the Interprovincial title in November.

    United manager Alan Murphy gave Higgins his senior debut at 16 against Finn Harps last season and he would go on to make two further appearances against Wexford and Shelbourne.

    Murphy says Donal is a talented player that has an exciting future in the game.

     

     

     

  • Cork City have signed goalkeeper Tadhg Ryan.

    The former Galway United stopper will likely serve as Mark McNulty's understudy, following the departure of Peter Cherrie from the club.

  • Middle-eastern investment in the League Of Ireland appears only weeks away as Galway United close in on an audacious Saudi Arabian takeover, in what is being billed as one of the most significant developments ever in Irish football.

    RTÉ Sport are today reporting that the FAI supports the intended takeover of the First Division club, which became fully fan-owned last season. 

    Subject to members' acceptance in a vote on Monday week, United will cede majority control to the investors who have experience in running and managing football clubs. 

    They plan to invest in youth development and have ambitions to qualify for European Competitions. 

  • Galway United has confirmed three contract signings for 2019.

    Mark Hannon has joined Galway Utd from Finn Harps.

    The 20-year old central midfielder began his career with Sligo Rovers, and has become United's first new signing for 2019.

    Stephen Walsh has re-signed with United for his 7th season at Eamonn deacy Park.

    The 28-year old centre-back has made 175 appearances for United over the course of 6 seasons with the club, scoring 8 goals.

    And 16-year old Limerick native Dara Costello has signed a new contract with the club.

    He joined United's under-15 squad two seasons ago and has risen through the ranks, progressing to United's U17 team, where he continued to shine.

    He will be training with the senior squad next season.

  • Galway United FC members have voted in favour of a motion to accept an offer from investors in Saudi Arabia to take a majority shareholding in the club.

    At present, Galway United is owned entirely by the Galway United Friends Co-Operative. 

    The takeover was approved by members who met last night to discuss the offer. 

    The meeting took place just hours after United parted company with manager Shane Keegan.

    The move is expected to see Galway receive a significant financial boost, with the club currently sixth in the First Division, 12 points behind leaders UCD.

    The proposed takeover has been discussed with the FAI.

     

  • Former Donegal football manager Jim McGuinness has emerged as a shock contender to take over at Galway United.

    McGuinness led Donegal to the 2012 All-Ireland title, and is looking for a manager's job in soccer having completed his Uefa A licence.

    He's now believed to be in the frame for a role at Eamon Deacy Park in Galway.

    Shane Keegan left Galway United by mutual consent during the mid-season break, after the club failed to mount a serious promotion challenge following relegation last year.

    The news comes on the back of a proposed takeover of the Galway club by two Saudi Arabian businessmen.

     

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    Galway United has confirmed the double signing of Jeff McGowan and Andrew Peters.

    The duo are the latest additions to Alan Murphy's squad for the 2019 SSE Airtricity League First Division season.

    20-year old Jeff McGowan signs from Limerick, having previously played for Barnsley.

    Andrew Peters from Ballindine joins Galway Utd from Mayo Super League side Claremorris AFC.

     

     

     

  • Galway United have announced the signing of Sean Russell until the end of the 2018 SSE Airtricity League season.

    Russell's move to Eamonn Deacy Park follows on from the announcement of Evan Murphy and Dara Mulgannon signing deals with the Tribesmen.

    Russell makes the move to Eamonn Deacy Park from American side Atlantic City. The versatile 24-year-old is comfortable playing as a central midfielder, left-back or left-winger.

    The Dublin native has also played for Louisville City in the United States. Russell has extensive Premier Division experience, having spent time with UCD, Limerick and Drogheda United.

    He has also had spells with Longford Town and Shelbourne in the First Division.