Galway United defender Maurice Nugent has signed a new deal with the club that will see him stay at Eamonn Deacy Park for the forthcoming League of Ireland season.
The versatile defender was a regular at the heart of Galway United’s defence last season under John Caulfield. The 22-year-old will head into his seventh season with the club after signing a contract extension for the 2021 season.
“I think in the past my versatility has gone against me a bit, I’ve been between a few positions. It was nice to find my position this year, I think it’s a big thing to settle, then it’s easy when you get a run of games and you feel more comfortable playing in that role,” Nugent told the club’s website.
“It was a crazy season of two halves, things just clicked for us. John gave a lift to the intensity at the club, the late goals and the run we went on were exciting and we’re hoping for more of the same next year.”
The Clare native continued: “When John came in, he gave us a collective kick up the arse and he lifted the intensity and demands. Then we took off and there was a real competitiveness there, and we played well for a few months. Hopefully we can transfer that form into next season.
“I’ve obviously been at the club for a number of years now and I feel I’m progressing, it gives you more motivation to continue the hard work. It’s a massive year ahead for me, I will keep my head down and continue to work hard. Hopefully things will keep improving for myself and the club.”
Galway United manager John Caulfield was pleased to add another defensive addition to his squad for the upcoming 2021 League of Ireland season.
“Since I’ve come in, Maurice has been a bit of an unsung hero. He just goes about his business and is a thoroughly professional,” Caulfield said.
“When I arrived, he was playing in midfield, but after Kevin Farragher left the club, he dropped into centre-back and did a great job for us.”
Caulfield continued: “Maurice has pace, he’s excellent in the air, and he’s got a fantastic attitude. He’s only 22 and he’s a player I see massive potential in, he has a big role to play at the club going forward.
“During our run-in, he stood up and was counted and he formed a solid partnership with Killian Brouder.”
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