Ronan Manning re-joins Galway United

Wed, Dec 09 2020
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Galway United have announced the re-signing of Ronan Manning from Athlone Town. Manning joins the Tribesmen after performing impressively for Athlone last season in the First Division.

The talented playmaker joined United in 2017 and played two seasons at Eamonn Deacy Park before taking a year out in 2019.

The 20-year-old attacking midfielder made 21 appearances for the Town last campaign, scoring an impressive nine goals.

“I can’t wait to kick on with Galway United next year,” Manning told Galway’s media team. “Last season was by far my best season in terms of appearances and goals, I think I scored 8 or 9 goals and had 7 assists, and I want to build on those figures next year with Galway United.

“The last time I was here, I was only 17 and in the middle of sitting my Leaving Cert exams, so it was a tough time trying to juggle that with football.

“I feel like I have some unfinished business at the club and I’m already looking forward to starting pre-season and getting involved."

He added: “Training full time was a huge attraction for me, there were offers from other clubs, but seeing the setup that we’ll have here next season, I felt coming back to Galway United would be the best decision for my development and John’s vision for the club really excites me.

“When you’re playing in this league, you want to be at the top of the table, and hopefully I can help the club to get there next season.”

Galway United manager John Caulfield was delighted to secure the signing of ‘magic’ Manning,

“I’m delighted to bring another promising local player back to the club. Ronan is a great Galway lad.

“I believe he’s got magic in his boots, but at the same time, you need to focus and show desire and commitment that highlights your ambition to go to the next level.

“I’ve had a couple of meetings with Ronan and I’m really delighted that he’s signed, he wants to go another level with us.

“He did exceptionally well with Athlone Town last season, but now he really wants to push on with his hometown club.”

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