First Division Galway United have confirmed the signing of winger Carlton Ubaezuonu after his injury ravaged stint at Longford Town.
The 21-year-old previously enjoyed a stint at Éamonn Deacy Park in 2018 while he was on loan from Stephen Kenny’s Dundalk.
He spent six months on loan with the Tribesmen, before his loan was extended until the end of the season by then recently appointed boss Alan Murphy.
2019 saw Ubaezuonu join Longford Town, where he struggled with injury at the start of the season as he struggled to make the desired impact on the Red and Black’s side.
Galway have since swooped in to re-sign the pacey winger for 2020, with manager Murphy hoping his spell on the side-lines can only be a benefit to United.
“At his best, Carlton is an absolute handful and can be unplayable when he plays to his physical and footballing strengths,” the Galway boss said.
“I think his injury at the start of last season and protracted rehab may actually prove to be a blessing in disguise for both him and Galway United.
“Carlton has taken time off to think long and hard about his game and what he needs to bring to the table consistently in 2020.
“Carlton is 21 now and we have just signed a hungry footballer that is self-aware of the weapons that he possesses and he's one that is very determined to prove his worth.
“It's very exciting to see what level he can take his game to now.”
Ubaezuonu soon added; “I'm absolutely delighted to be back. I endured a disappointing season at Longford, I suffered injuries and obviously didn't play as much as I wanted to.
“I've learned a lot from last season but I'm happy to be back at Galway United, I'm fully recovered now and I'm glad Alan has given me the opportunity to be here again.”
“Alan has signed very well for 2020 and there are young players at the club that have got a full year under their belts now, so the only way is up,” the young winger added.
“I have something to prove next year. I want the team to do well and I want to help make Galway a proud county once again.”