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Bobby Burns joins Galway United


Galway United are excited to announce the signing of Bobby Burns, who joins our senior men’s team from Glentoran. Burns, a versatile 24-year-old footballer from Antrim, Northern Ireland, brings a wealth of experience and skill to the squad, having played in various leagues and positions throughout his career.

A Proven Track Record

Bobby Burns has had an impressive career trajectory. He started his youth career at Lisburn Distillery and Cliftonville before joining Glenavon in 2015, where he quickly made a name for himself. Burns’ versatility allowed him to excel in multiple roles, whether as a left back, midfielder, or even an attacker. His performance at Glenavon earned him accolades, including the NI Football Writers’ Association Young Player of the Year Award, and he was twice named Glenavon’s Young Player of the Year and Fans’ Player of the Year.

Burns’ career then took him to Scotland, where he signed a three-year contract with Heart of Midlothian in 2018. During his time there, he had loan spells at Livingston and Newcastle Jets in Australia, gaining valuable experience in different competitive environments. In 2020, he joined Barrow in League Two before returning to Glentoran, where he made significant contributions over three seasons, including winning the Player of the Season in 2023.

International Experience

Burns has also represented Northern Ireland at various youth levels, from U17 to U21, and has trained with the senior national team. His international experience adds a valuable element to his game, captaining Northern Ireland at Youth level on many occasions.

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Bobby Burns’ Thoughts

Bobby Burns expressed his excitement about joining Galway United:

“Absolutely delighted obviously. I’ve known for a couple of weeks, probably coming in here and been watching the game. So delighted to be coming. Such a big club with the ambitions that are here and really looking forward to getting started.

I’ve been travelling around a little bit but I’m ready to go again. And I’m really looking forward to the challenge here and getting to know the people in Galway and kind of immerse myself in the community.

I’d be fairly versatile, but I think mainly like playing midfield, like centre midfield and just getting box to box. I love to get stuck into tackles and win tackles and headers, but love getting in the box and trying to score goals and sort of making those breaking runs. But I’ll play wherever the team needs me to play.”

Looking Forward

Galway United is thrilled to welcome Bobby Burns to the club. His versatility, experience, and passion for the game make him a valuable addition to our squad. We believe that his presence will strengthen our team as we continue to compete at the highest level and strive for success in the SSE Airtricity Men’s Premier Division.

To our fans, we encourage you to get behind Bobby and the entire team as we push forward this season. Secure your half-season tickets and be part of the action at Eamonn Deacy Park.

Welcome to Galway United, Bobby Burns! We look forward to seeing you in action and being part of our journey.

Our players are available for sponsorship at the minute. To make an enquiry, please email Sam O’Neill at to get involved for next season.