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Trio commit to United for 2015

Galway United have re-signed four players from the promotion winning side of 2014.

Goalkeeper Ger Hanley, defender Stephen Walsh and midfielder Alex Byrne have committed to the Club for the 2015 SSE Airtricity League Premier Division season.

Manager Tommy Dunne was pleased to get the players over the line.

“It is an important time for the Club and it is great to get things sorted with the lads,” Dunne commented.

23 year old Hanley made 9 appearances between the sticks for Galway in 2014 and the former Republic of Ireland U15 and U17 International will be looking to make the number one spot his own in 2015.

“Ger is still learning and improving as a goalkeeper. I’m hoping he can continue his development at Galway United next season and push hard for a starting position,” Dunne said.

Stephen Walsh showed his versatility throughout the season, operating in defence and attack and the 24 year old scored 5 goals in 31 appearances for the Tribesmen.

“Stephen did a job for us up front and then later in the season he was a key figure for us at the back. Having a player with Stephen’s qualities will be crucial, especially in the Premier Division,” was Dunne’s verdict.

Promising midfielder Alex Byrne impressed in defence and midfield and he cemented his place as a starter in Tommy Dunne’s side towards the end of the season. The 19 year old grabbed his first senior goal in the SSE Airtricity League against UCD in the second leg of the Play-off Final at Eamonn Deacy Park.

“Alex impressed when he got into the team and we know that he is a player with potential. This year we had a young group and I feel that Alex was one of those who made a huge impact, especially towards the end of the season,” Dunne said.

Dunne expects to add further players to his squad in the coming weeks.

“I expect a few more players to sign in the next few days and we should have them over the line later on in the week.

“Being realistic, we would hope to bring in three or four quality players from outside the group too and there is plenty happening at the moment. I have spoken to some players and will continue to do that, but it is crucial that the players we bring in are the right ones for our group.

“The next few weeks will be busy, it will probably quieten down around Christmas time for a spell, and then things will pick up again. That is the nature of it, but we are just so glad to be getting ready for the Premier Division. It will be a test, but is one we are looking forward to.”

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