Galway United can confirm they have reached a pre-contract agreement with Newcastle United for the transfer of Alex Murphy for an undisclosed fee.

The 17-year-old will remain with Galway United until July.

Alex joined Galway United at 14 years of age from local side Corrib Celtic and was part of Galway United's under-15 squad for two seasons before signing for the under-17s in 2020.

In 2021 he was promoted to the senior squad and made his first appearance against Athlone Town at the age of 16 years old.

The defender signed his first professional contract last August after having made six starts under manager John Caulfield.

He has made 26 senior appearances for the club, scoring two goals.

Murphy has also been capped at underage for Ireland, making several appearances in 2021, including captaining and scoring for the U18s and helping Ireland secure a 7-1 win over Malta.

Galway United have invested significantly in their underage academy structures over the last number of years under the direction of Academy Head Johnny Glynn.

Alex's progress is a testament to all involved in his development at Corrib Celtic and Galway United.