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Douglas re-signs for Bray for fifth year by the seaside

Thu, Dec 20 2018

Hugh Douglas wins a header. Credit: Tom Beary (ETPhotos)

Bray Wanderers have re-signed defender Hugh Douglas ahead of their 2019 First Division campaign.

Douglas is re-signing with his hometown club for what will be fifth season with the Seagulls’ since joining from UCD ahead of the 2015 season.

The 25-year-old made his League of Ireland debut in 2011 for UCD, in a 5-4 victory against Drogheda United, making 8 appearances that season.

He went on to become a regular in his remaining three seasons at UCD, making 24 league appearances in both 2012 and 2013.

UCD were relegated from the Premier Division in 2014 under the management of Aaron Callaghan in a season where Douglas made 28 league appearances.

He then made the move to his hometown club, signing for Alan Mathews at Bray Wanderers.

Douglas made 29 league appearances in 2015, scoring twice, in a 1-0 win over Drogheda and a 2-2 draw with Shamrock Rovers. He was also named Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year for the season.

He was again a regular for the Seagulls in 2016, making 30 appearances, scoring once, the winner in a 2-1 win against St. Patrick’s Athletic.

The defender, who can play at centre-back or at right-back, signed back again in 2017 and 2018 but saw his 2018 season cut short after tearing his cruciate.

Douglas though, is now looking forward to getting back to playing, under manager Gary Cronin, who was appointed as the club’s new manager in August.

‘’With the buzz around the club, the changes, both on & off the pitch, I am really looking forward to getting going again with Gary and the lads,” Douglas told the club’s official website.