Galway United have announced the signing of Ruairi Keating for the forthcoming League of Ireland season. The Mayo man had spells with English sides Torquay United and Gateshead before returning to Eamonn Deacy Park.
Keating, who previously played for Sligo Rovers, Finn Harps and Galway United, returns to the Tribesmen for the 2021 League of Ireland season.
The 25-year-old spent three seasons at Torquay United where he made over 100 appearances for the National League side. The striker joined Gateshead earlier this year before moving back to Ireland to join Galway United.
Keating expressed his delight in signing for the Tribesmen.
"It’s great to be back. When I was last here, I was only 20. I was young and I hadn’t much experience," Keating told the club's website.
“I went away to the UK, I had some great years with Torquay, where I felt I did well. I went away as a boy and came back as a man. I learned a lot while in the UK, I experienced some great things, I won a league over there, I feel I’m at a stage in my career now where I want to kick on and push myself to the next level.
“I’ve been speaking to John and I love what he does. I’ve always had it in the back of my mind that someday I would play for him. He’s tried to sign me in the past and I just feel it’s a perfect fit for me to come to Galway United now.
“I’m really grateful for the opportunity and I’m excited to get to work so I can repay the trust that John has put in me. I want to try and push Galway United on to the next level now.”
Galway United manager John Caulfield, who is a fan of the attacking player, was pleased to secure the signature of Keating for next season.
“It’s no secret, I’ve been chasing Ruairi for many years, I’m delighted to finally sign him," Caulfield told the club's website.
“He’s quick, has a great attitude, scores goals, and he’s another player from the west of Ireland also.
“Ruairi did exceptionally well at Torquay and now that he’s home, we’re delighted to have him. I’m really looking forward to working with him next season.”
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