Galway United re-sign Aaron Conway while Conor Barry returns from Athlone

Thu, Dec 21 2017

Shane Keegan is looking to mount a title charge in Galway's first season back in the second tier. Credit: Laszlo Geczo

Galway United have announced the re-signing of Aaron Conway ahead of the 2018 season at Eamonn Deacy Park while Conor Barry returns following a two-year spell with Athlone Town.


After being relegated in what was a frenetic and high-octane conclusion to the 2017 Premier Division season, Galway boss Shane Keegan has begun to strengthen his side as they look to bounce back at the first time of asking.


Barry signs for the Tribesmen having been part of the Athlone squad during last season's infamous campaign.


“This is probably the first season in my career that I’m at a club who are almost favourites to win the league,” Barry told the club's official website.


“Getting back the likes of Ludden, McCormack and obviously Ryan Connolly is a huge plus for us in the First Division and our aim has to be to go and win the league next year.”


Also making the decision to re-sign is former under-19-star Aaron Conway.


Keegan added: “Aaron is a player I have high hopes for. I believe he’s a rough diamond. He only came to the game late-ish. He’s still learning.


“While still being so raw, he has demonstrated that he’s able to come up against established players and he is well able for them.


“I think I showed how much faith I had in him when I threw him in from the start in an FAI Cup game when I wasn’t going to make any changes.


“We said we’ll throw Aaron in and see how he gets on. To be honest, he did superbly against Billy Dennehy, who is one of the top wide players in the league.


“That was him playing in a position that he would argue isn’t his primary position, so I do have huge hopes for him.


“It’s going to be all about attitude for Aaron, if he wants to live a professional footballer’s lifestyle and tick all the boxes off the field, then he’s going to have a serious chance.


“He’s a player who I think could be a week in, week out starter if gets himself really focused.”