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Galway United’s Padraic Cunningham is set to move to current League of Ireland Premier Division champions Cork City according to the Irish Sun newspaper.
The Headford native’s time with the Tribesmen looked over after contract discussions with manager Shane Keegan for 2018 didn’t reach agreement but he was on course to represent the county in another code.
Cunningham made his Galway senior football debut last Wednesday (3rd January) against Sligo when he was introduced as a 65th minute substitute for Patrick Sweeney. And he was named to start at corner forward against Mayo last week before that was called off for a frozen pitch.
His return to Gaelic Football saw him make an immediate impact scoring 2-4 for Headford against Kilconly in their 2-11 to 1-6 North Board under 21 football semi-final replay in December.
Indeed, Cunnigham could finish this weekend with a county title as Headford take on Glenamaddy/Glinsk this Saturday (January 13th, 2pm Tuam Stadium) with An Cheathru Rua waiting to face the winners in the County Final proper.
Galway United striker Padraic Cunningham showing off his hurling skills after their morning training session today. pic.twitter.com/JJmhzyfLeb
— Paul O’Brien (@PGaillimh) August 31, 2017
Also waiting in the wings was Cork City manager John Caulfield who looks to boost his squad ahead of their Champions League assault in the summer.
Caulfield, having initially stayed back to see if Cunnigham would re-sign with Galway United, invited the 21-year-old to visit the club’s facilities on Monday and looks to have convinced him to stick with soccer and join the club.
Cunningham made his Galway United debut in 2014 after signing from Mervue United and made an impression scoring late equalisers last season against St. Patrick’s Athletic (June) and Bohemians (September).
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Should Cunnigham, along with Danny Kane from Huddersfield, be announced as a new signing with the Leesiders, he’ll join Colm Horgan who moved south from Galway United before Christmas.
The move is a blow for Keegan’s squad but having resigned already to losing him, it’s Galway football manager Walsh who’ll be disappointed not to avail of his services as he looks to boost his own unit following the retirements of Michael Meehan, Finian Hanley and Gary Sice.