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Holohan eager to make his mark

Gavan Holohan is the latest player to commit to Galway United for the 2017 season.

The creative central midfielder has spent the last four years plying his trade in the SSE Airtricity League, spending two years each at Drogheda United and Cork City.

An impressive stint with Drogheda United prompted a move to Turner Cross but Holohan didn’t feature as much as he would’ve liked.

“Playing with Drogheda United was probably one of the most enjoyable years in my career,” he explained.

“I was hoping when I signed for Cork City that it would be the bigger platform that I needed. It didn’t pan out that way, although it was an enjoyable two years and we won the FAI Cup in my last year.

“On a personal level, I didn’t play as much as I would have liked and I didn’t progress as much as I wanted to. Signing for Galway United, the thinking was to come to a club that’s going in the right direction and has a lot of potential. My aim now is to nail down a starting place and become a main figure here.

GAVAN HOLOHAN: Keeping the core group of players from last year and then adding quality players like Ronan Murray, David Cawley and Lee Grace was a big plus and it has the makings of a strong group.”

United boss Shane Keegan hailed the addition of Holohan as another important acquisition with pre-season fast approaching.

“I would always have been aware of Gavan and how well he was doing. I saw him play at international level quite a few times as he was coming through as well.

“He did very well when he went across to the UK and had a fantastic season at Drogheda United when he got back, which obviously prompted Cork City to make the move.

“From speaking to him, I’d say he really enjoyed his time at Cork City, I don’t think he’d change that for anything. At the same time, he went from being a regular week in, week out with Drogheda United, to maybe not featuring quite as often as he might have liked at Cork City.

“This is an opportunity for him now to come back in and try to make himself an absolute mainstay in a team and be a real driving force. I think that was a big part of his reason for signing for us.”