Schlingermann to make League of Ireland return with Galway United

Sun, Dec 15 2019

Michael Schingermann in action for Sligo Rovers Credit: John Doyle (ETPhotos)

Galway United have unveiled the signing of experienced goalkeeper Micheál Schlingermann ahead of the 2020 League of Ireland season.

The 28-year-old goalkeeper makes the move to Éamonn Deacy Park after a spell playing with the Mayo senior gaelic football side.

His last stint in the League of Ireland was with Sligo Rovers, where he left the Showgrounds outfit during the middle of the 2018 campaign.  

“I’m really happy to be here and to get the move over the line,” Schlingermann told the Tribesmen’s media team.

“I took a year out from the League of Ireland after leaving Sligo Rovers and I played a bit of Gaelic football and I was lucky enough to be in the Mayo county setup which meant I stayed in a high performance environment.

“I’ve spent ten years in the game here, I’ve a lot of appearances behind me, I’m hungry to get back into it and I just want to play football.

“I’m sure myself and Kevin Horgan will work well together, I’ve only heard good things about Kevin and the club in general.

“I’m really looking forward to the challenge, for me it’s about starting from scratch again having taken the year out, but I’m really looking forward to it.”

United boss Alan Murphy added; “Micheál committing to us is a crucial acquisition for the club going forward.

“A quick CV check is all that is required to see the kind of individual that we are adding to our ranks. Over 160 league appearances, Premier Division Team of the Year member, EA Sports Cup winner, FAI and Setanta Cup finalist.”

“At 28, Micheál has not yet even reached his prime as a goalkeeper,” Murphy concluded.  

“Along with Kevin Horgan, we now have the cream of goalkeeping talent in the region and I must say I’m really excited at watching them bring the very best out of each other.

“Micheál has recently been part of the Mayo intercounty GAA setup.

“He is in tremendous physical shape as a result and that is matched by his incredible hunger to get back playing football again. I’m thrilled to have him in.”