Galway United have confirmed that Carlton Ubaezuonu has re-signed with the club for the forthcoming League of Ireland season.
Ubaezuonu scored four times for United as they went on a great run to make the promotion playoffs.
A hat-trick against former club Longford Town and a last minute winning goal against Bray Wanderers significantly contributed to The Tribesmen securing fifth place in this year’s First Division.
Galway United manager John Caulfield recognises the potential the former Dundalk winger possesses.
“Carlton is a player that we’ve identified with enormous potential. You see lots of players with potential, but it’s time for him to deliver now,” Caulfield said, speaking to the club’s media team.
“In the short period of time we were in, he did well in a lot of the games. He got the late winner in Bray and also scored a hat-trick against Longford.
“Training every day will make him fitter and bring out his potential, which will allow us to work with him and bring him to a level we think he can get to.
“He came through the underage setup at Dundalk and there was a lot of talk about him, but for a couple of years, he’s drifted in and out without really establishing himself, which can happen to players at that age.
“He’s come in and done great for me, I like him, he knows what I want from him next year. He knows what he needs to do in the off-season to be ready for January and we’ve got high hopes for him.”
Ubaezuonu, who is entering his third season at Eamonn Deacy Park, has enjoyed playing for the former Cork City boss.
“I really enjoyed the second half of the season. When John came in, he showed a lot of confidence in me,” he told the club’s website.
“Obviously I wanted to start more games, but I know that was based around my injuries and I’m hoping with the break – that I can work on that and be ready for next season.
“With a manager like John, with his winning mentality and the experience he has, I feel it can only do wonders for players like me.
“There’s a lot of young lads at the club that will hopefully mix with the more experienced players. I can’t wait for the season and to continue learning.”
The winger is Caulfield’s fifth signing in just over a week with Shane Duggan, David Hurley, Padraic Cunningham and Stephen Christopher all confirmed for next season.
Galway United are delighted to announce that Carlton Ubaezuonu has signed a new deal.— Galway United (@GalwayUnitedFC) November 22, 2020
The pacey and direct winger showed glimpses of his quality in 2020 when he scored a hat-trick against Longford before also scoring a last minute winner against Bray.https://t.co/vyDaO6YcLR
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