Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Waterford FC have added two more players to their squad ahead of the start of the 2019 SSE Airtricity Premier Division season after securing the signings of both Shane Duggan (above) and Cory Galvin (below). Duggan joins the Blues from relegated Limerick and the highly experienced midfielder will be a big boost for Alan Reynolds’ side, while the Blues boss has also persuaded Cory Galvin to remain at the club after spending the second half of last season at the RSC.
Speaking to WaterfordFC.ie after signing, Shane Duggan said: “I’m delighted to get the deal done. I’ve been talking to Alan (Reynolds) for a while now and it’s great to get it sorted.
“It’s a massive club and a challenge I’m really looking forward to. I obviously played against Waterford last year and it’s great to be part of that now to hopefully help the club build on last season.
“I saw the quality there last season, I played with Bastien when he was at Limerick, and the team really took the league by storm with the football and the formation.
“Of course there’ll always be changes in the team from year to year so I need to hit the ground running in the pre-season and I can’t wait to get started.”
Also speaking on re-signing for the club, Cory Galvin said, “I’m delighted to be staying with the club for the new season and I’m looking forward to getting started again. I’ve been working away myself to make sure I’m in good shape for pre-season and I know Alan (Reynolds) is working hard to put together a squad.
“When I came in last season, the team was in a good position – although it was tough when I was injured. But it was great to get into the team and after a couple of matches we’d secured a Europa League spot which was brilliant.
“From a personal point of view, too, it was a great end to the season. I’d missed nearly three months so to get fit and finish out the season made it a success in that sense too.
“The club has always had potential and to come up from the First Division and finish in a European spot showed what can be done and I’m looking forward to seeing what the new season brings.”

HAPPY REYNOLDS
Speaking to WaterfordFC.ie after confirming the two signings, manager Alan Reynolds said: “It’s great to have Shane signed up for the new season. I’ve been trying to nail him down for some time now and it’s brilliant to get it done.
“He’s a strong and powerful player and he was an almost-ever present for Limerick last season. He did well in the games against us and we’re delighted to get it sorted nice and early with Shane.
“We’re delighted to have Cory in the squad for the 2019 season. He worked hard at the end of last season to get fit after injury and he showed what he’s capable of.
“He’s is a tricky, pacy attacking player as people will have seen and he’s gives us plenty of options going forward.”

FEELY SIGNS TOO

Then last night came the news that Rory Feely (below), the 2018 Young Player of the Year, joined the club at the beginning of the 2018 season from St Patrick Athletic and became an important player for Alan Reynolds’ side had also put pen to paper on a new deal.

The versatile former Tramore AFC player played in defence, midfielder and attack in his first season with the club; making 30 appearances in 2018. Speaking to WaterfordFC.ie after re-singing, Feely said: I’m absolutely delighted to re-sign for next season. I’ve been speaking to Rennie and I had to sort a few college things but I’m delighted to get it done and sorted.

“Last season was a really successful season for us and it was nothing more than we deserved I think. We had a fantastic dressing room last season and morale was brilliant to be around. The fans drove us on and it was a thoroughly enjoyable season overall. I’m really looking forward to getting going and meeting up with all the players again – it’s a top pro setup and with the facilities there, it was always my first choice to re-sign. Rennie was so good to me last season with college and working around that, so it was an easy decision to stay.”

Speaking to WaterfordFC.ie after securing the re-signing, manager Alan Reynolds said: “It’s great to get Rory signed for next season. He played a big role last season and he’s an excellent, young player. He played in a number of different positions and really complimented the style we played. He brings a lot of energy to the side and we’re delighted he’s re-signed for the season.”

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By Adrian Flanagan
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