New Blues signing, Gavan Holohan, in action for Galway United last season. Photo: Inpho.
The fans of Waterford FC were treated to an early Christmas present as we went to print yesterday (Monday) after the club beat off stiff opposition from cross channel clubs for the signature of exciting midfielder Gavan Holohan.
Holohan, who suffered relegation with Galway United last season, was previously linked with a move to Grimsby Town but instead has opted to join his former coach Alan Reynolds at the RSC ahead of the SSE Airtricity Premier Division campaign.
The 26-year-old, who is a native of Kilkenny, becomes the 15th player to be confirm by the Blues ahead of their return to the top flight after ten years and Blues Coach Reynolds has expressed the signing of the midfielder as “exciting”.
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After spending four years with Hull City before moving to Alfreton Town, Holohan returned to Ireland in 2013 where he spent time at Drogheda United before joining Cork City where he first met the Blues boss before moving to Galway last season where he made 33 appearances in all competitions.
Speaking on his decision to sign for the Blues, Gavan Holohan said, “There were a few things that attracted me to Waterford. I worked with Alan Reynolds at Cork and always got on really well with him. I liked how he went about things so I felt he was someone I’d like to work with again; someone who could get the best out of me.
“Obviously the club is heading in the right direction with the quality of players signed already and also with its fan base growing and growing again. The set up and facilities are second to none down here, so it’s a great environment in which to play football. Being a Kilkenny man, it’s only down the road for family and friends to come to see the home games, which is a big bonus for me.
The midfielder is really looking forward to playing in front of the Blues fans at the RSC. “I’m looking forward to meeting and performing in front of the Blues’ fans. I’d see myself as a creative attack minded midfielder who will be hoping to chip in with a lot of assists and goals. Most important however, I plan to work hard for the team and the rest should fall into place after that.
“We have to get off to a good start first of all and that will dictate what kind of season we have, so if we can do that it’s about getting as high up the table as possible and pushing for a European place.”
Alan Reynolds, who paired with Holohan during his time at Turners Cross expressed his “delight” at the signing. “I’m delighted that he has decided to join us and we’re happy to have a player of his experience on board ahead of the new season,” said Reynolds.
“He has already spent four seasons playing in the Premier Division – experience that will be invaluable for us. I worked with him during my time with Cork City. He is an exciting midfield player who will link the deeper lying midfielders with our front players. He has a proven eye for goal and for creating chances for team-mates; the fans will really enjoy the player we have brought on board.
“Our squad is taking shape now for 2018. Gavan is another strong addition but we still have business to complete in the New Year. We are back in as a unit on the 3rd January and we are still running our eyes over a few options ahead of getting back on the pitch then.”