Conor Kearns heads west to join Galway United

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Galway Daily sport Conor Kearns heads west to join Galway United

Galway United has signed a new goalkeeper, with 22 year old Conor Kearns coming west to join the Tribesmen after spells with UCD and St Pat’s.

The 22 year old goalkeeper started off strong with UCD in 2018, where he was part of the effort to claim the First Division title.

Kearns continued to be a regular for UCD in the Premier Division in 2019, and his reputation as one of the most promising goalkeepers in the country earned him a call up to Stephen Kenny’s Irish under-21 squad.

Last year he made the move to St. Patrick’s Athletic, but the shortened league campaign proved to be a frustrating experience, with little opportunity to get on the field.

Despite this setback Kearns said he learned a lot through the year, and that he’s excited to be coming to Galway United.

“It was difficult at Pats last year, it didn’t go as I expected, but it was a learning curve for me. This is a step out of my comfort zone, but it’s by no means a step down or sideways, I see this as a step up.

Kearns said that John Caulfield is the type of manager “every player wants to work under” and that he is excited to be part of the community at a club with such a proud history.

“It’s a club where I can improve as a player, and enjoy my football like I did at UCD. I’ve been in this Division before, I know what it takes to win it and I want to be a part of a squad that understands that as well.”

“I had more comfortable options and offers, but ultimately I left my masters to play full time football and this is the place I want to do it.

“You’re doing what you love every morning and you’re part of a fantastic club. I’m really excited to get going now, it’s going to be a challenge, but it’s one that I’m relishing.”