First Division Galway United have unveiled the double signing of attacker Matthew Barrett and goalkeeper James Tierney.
The Tribesmen have been busy during the off-season in terms of transfer dealings with manager Alan Murphy attempting to radically overhaul the club’s playing squad.
The signing of both Barrett and Tierney brings Alan Murphy’s squad up to 22 players with ProjectDNAmaking waves at the Dyke Road venue.
Matthew Barrett, a 19-year-old winger by trade, re-joins United having impressed following his arrival from junior side Maree Oranmore.
Also returning to the fold is goalkeeper James Tierney. Tierney most recently played with Clare side Lifford FC after a year with the Tribesmen’s under-19 squad in 2017.
In addition, the 20-year-old Clare native had a brief spell with Limerick junior team Pike Rovers after his initial departure from the Éamonn Deacy Park outfit.
Speaking with the club’s official media team,United boss Alan Murphy admits he has high hopes for both players in 2019.
“Matthew Barrett came in last season when I took over and trained extremely hard,” he explained.
“He’s a real option and has shown that in some of the pre-season games, with his first touch and blistering pace, as well as a willingness to make runs without the ball, which can be a difficult attribute to find in young players.
“James has been on the radar for a long time. He’s someone we’re looking at in terms of developing in the next few years so he can push on to become first choice goalkeeper.
“James has had a bit of time away from the League of Ireland to grow in junior football. I’m delighted to get his signing over the line, as there is a big future for James, but it will take a little development and growth from him.”
Galway begin their 2019 First Division with a daunting challenge against pre-season title favourites Shelbourne at Éamonn Deacy Park on February 22nd. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.