Galway United striker Jonah Ayunga on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion

Mon, Jul 31 2017

The striker scored four goals in 21 appearances for the Bit o' Red. Credit: Peter Fitzpatrick

Galway United have signed striker Jonah Ayunga on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion until the end of the 2017 season.

 

The 20-year-old spent the first half of the season on loan with Sligo Rovers but now makes the short trip across to Galway with Vinny Faherty heading in the opposite direction.

 

English-born Kenyan Ayunga has made 21 appearances in the League of Ireland for Sligo this season, scoring four times, but has fallen out of favour under Gerard Lyttle.

 

"It all happened very quickly over the last few days,” Ayunga told Galway United's official website.

 

“In the past few weeks in Sligo, I haven't been starting. Galway made me aware of their interest, so for me personally, it's the best place to be.

 

"It's about getting game time, goals and helping to keep the club in the Premier Division, so hopefully I can help towards that.

 

“Galway have been in good form of late, so my aim is to work my way into the team and contribute goals between now and the end of the season."

 

Galway manager Shane Keegan added: "It's great that we've picked up our goalscoring in the last couple of games, but by and large, we haven't been scoring enough goals this year.

 

“So we were looking to add a bit more in the final third. Jonah is very quick and a major threat in behind. Because he's big and strong, he can also do the hold up play as well.

 

“Four league goals this season isn't a bad return. The real eye catcher was the goal he scored against us up in Sligo.

 

"With Jonah, it was a case of making sure that if he was coming in, that he was coming in really up for the fight ahead and with the mindset that he could contribute to keeping us in the Premier Division and I certainly think he can do that."