Stephen Walsh relishing return to full-time football as defender pens Galway United deal

Fri, Feb 26 2021
Galway United captain Stephen Walsh in action against Cabinteely during the 2019 season.

Walsh captained his hometown club in 2019 before taking a year off to play amateur football with Galway Hibernians. Credit: Al Robinson (ETPhotos)

Galway United have announced the signing of Stephen Walsh for the forthcoming League of Ireland season.

Walsh returns to Eamonn Deacy Park for an eighth season with the club after playing junior football for Galway Hibernians last year.

The Galway native has made over 200 appearances for United since his first spell with the club in 2010, including earning promotion to the Premier Division in 2014.

After spells with Longford Town and Athlone Town in 2017, Walsh re-signed for the Tribesmen in 2018 and captained his hometown club for the 2019 campaign.

The no-nonsense defender expressed how much he is looking forward to wearing the maroon jersey once again.

"First of all, I am delighted to be back playing with my hometown club," Walsh told the club's media team.

"When John [Caulfield] contacted me and offered me the chance to play with Galway again it was an easy decision for me to make and I’m thankful to John and the backroom team for offering me this opportunity.

"I have had some great times playing with Galway already such as winning promotion with the club in the 2014/15 League of Ireland season.

“I hope to create many more great memories with the Galway supporters and my teammates under the Friday night lights at Eamonn Deacy Park.

"However, a huge thank you must go to my boss Sean Cullinane at Marvoy Office Supplies and my family who have been very supportive in my return to full-time football.

“Here’s to a big year ahead and hopefully we get to see the fans back soon at Eamonn Deacy Park, particularly Paddy Grant, who is a lifelong Galway United supporter and friend."

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