Former Shelbourne and Shamrock Rovers midfielder Craig Walsh joins Bray Wanderers

Wed, Jun 13 2018

Walsh was part of the Crumlin side to make the second round of the 2017 FAI Cup, where they met eventual finalists Dundalk. Credit: Laszlo Geczo (ETPhotos)

Former Shelbourne and Shamrock Rovers midfielder Craig Walsh has joined Bray Wanderers for the remainder of the 2018 season.

The 26-year-old joins from Leinster Senior League side Crumlin United, whom he joined from his local side Inchicore Athletic 12 months ago.

He links up once more with Seagulls boss Martin Russell, who brought him to UCD in 2013.

Walsh is acknowledged as one of the best players in amateur football over the past couple of years, and was rewarded with a call-up to the Irish Amateur squad that beat England 4-2 last month.

Crumlin United said on Twitter: “Congrats to Crumlin Utd Senior player Craig Walsh who has just signed for Bray Wanderers from the League of Ireland.

“Pictured here with Gaffer Martin Loughran, who wished Craig all the best and thanked him for his efforts while wearing the blue shirt of Crumlin United.”

Walsh rose to prominence as a teenager in 2010 when he appeared on Sky One's reality series Football's Next Star, which tracked a number of hopefuls at Inter Milan.

The Cherry Orchard graduate signed for Shamrock Rovers on his return and had a loan spell with Longford Town before making the move permanent in 2011.

He has subsequent spells with UCD, Bohemians and Shelbourne before opting to make the switch to amateur football with Inchicore.