Galway United agree deal to sign Derry City's Conor McCormack

Sat, Jan 30 2021
Conor McCormack is headed to Galway to be reunited with his former boss John Caulfield

Conor McCormack is headed to Galway to be reunited with his former boss John Caulfield Credit: Clare McCahill (ETPhotos)

Galway United have announced the signing of midfielder Conor McCormack for the forthcoming League of Ireland season.

McCormack joins the Tribesmen after captaining Derry City in the Premier Division last season. 

The 30-year-old previously had spells at Cork City, St. Patrick’s Athletic and Shamrock Rovers. The Louth native has won two Premier Division titles as well as two FAI Cups in his career to date. 

McCormack began his youth professional career at Manchester United before moving to Italian side Triestina in 2008. 

He is now looking forward to linking up with his former Cork City boss John Caulfield.

“I’m absolutely delighted to join Galway United,” McCormack told the club's website.

“I’m really looking forward to the start of the season now. It’s been a busy few days getting the deal over the line – I’m just pleased to finally get it done now.

“John is a great manager, you can see what he did with Cork City, we had great success there together. I spent three years playing under him down there, now John’s come to Galway United, and hopefully we can replicate that success here.

“We will be targeting a strong start and hopefully the fans can get back into the stadium and drive us on until the end of the season.”

Galway United manager John Caulfield is delighted to sign his former captain, a player who will bring great experience to the Galway United side.

“Conor has got great leadership qualities, he’s a top player on the park and with the young squad that we have, I think he’s a perfect fit to come into what we’re trying to build at the club," Caulfield told the club's website.

“It’s taken a bit of time, Derry have been very cooperative, they obviously didn’t want to lose one of their top players, but Conor wanted to move further down and it’s a great fit for us. I’m thankful to our board for going out and helping to get him into the club and obviously our sponsors too.

“We’re getting a player that has won major trophies and played in several European games. Conor is going to come into our team and hopefully drive it forward, so that we can compete at the top of the table, that’s the reason we’ve gone out and brought him into the club.

“Conor is only 30, he’s played with huge clubs in this league, and he’s won a lot of major honours. I’ve had Conor for a number of years, I’ve seen how he applies himself every day, he trains how he plays, and that’s what you want. His overall presence, not just on match night, but around the training ground and in the dressing room, he’s just a great leader.

“Conor is someone that our young players can look up to, because he’s a thorough professional. We’re really excited to have him at the club.”

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