Galway unveil capture of former Waterford midfielder Shane Duggan

Sat, Nov 09 2019

Shane Duggan Credit: Michael P Ryan (ETPhotos)

First Division Galway United have unveiled the signing of former Waterford midfielder Shane Duggan ahead of the 2020 campaign.

The experienced midfielder makes the move west from Premier Division side Waterford where he spent the 2019 season.

Duggan made 39 appearance for Alan Reynolds side and scored 6 goals as The Blues finished 6th this past season.

The 30-year-old began his professional career in England with Plymouth Argyle before coming home for stints with UCD, Cork City and his hometown club Limerick.

Duggan has won the First Division on two previous occasions, in 2011 with Cork City and again in 2016 with Limerick FC. He was voted First Division Player of the Year in 2016 as well as being voted on the First Division Team of the Season three times.

With over 300 League of Ireland appearances the midfielder brings a lot of experience to Alan Murphy’s side.

“Alan showed me the plans that he has for the club next year and they excited me,” Duggan said, speaking to the club’s website.

“There is huge potential in Galway, you see the fan base that can come out when the club is doing well, it’s an unbelievable place to play, it’s a great stadium with a fantastic pitch.

“Throughout the years I’ve had some good battles against the club and I think Galway United should be in the Premier Division.

“I’m not signing here to stay down in the First Division, I want the club to get promoted straight away, that is my ambition and that’s what I’ll be looking to try and do.

“I’ve got experience of winning the league with Limerick and Cork City, but I know it won’t be easy, it’s going to be a tough season.

“You need experienced players, I’ve been around the league a long time, there’s a lot of young lads at the club and hopefully I can help them along the way and it can be a good year for Galway United.

“If you want to compete and win things, you can’t just have one or two players as leaders, you need a full team to step up and be there come the end of the season when it counts.

“I’ll be working my hardest to try and get the club promoted, I think it’s going to be a good season for Galway United and I wanted to be part of it.”

It has been a busy week for The Tribesmen with Duggan being one of four players committing to the club this week, Conor Barry, Marc Ludden and Joe Collins all signed on in recent days.