Galway United has announced the signing of Mathew Connor as a new goalkeeper after Micheál Schlingermann suffered a serious knee injury.
2-year-old Connor was an ever-present for Waterford in the Premier Division last season, making a total of 39 appearances in all competitions for the Blues.
The Tramore native has also been a regular in the Irish Colleges and Universities international setup over the last few seasons, appearing alongside new teammates Maurice Nugent and Conor Barry.
Connor, who counts Waterford, Wexford and Cork City amongst his former clubs, has received his clearance in time for Saturday’s trip to St. Colman’s Park to face Cobh Ramblers.
The young keeper said that he’s going to have to work hard to earn a starting position with Galway United, but that he’s excited by the challenge.
“I wanted to join a proper setup and not just jump into a move. I’m used to playing in a full time environment and Galway United ticked those boxes for me.
“I’m going to come in and train hard, obviously it will take a week or two to get the sharpness back to where it needs to be, but I’ll get there.
Galway United boss Alan Murphy believes the commanding goalkeeper will fit in well at Eamonn Deacy Park, saying it’s great to have player of Mathew’s “quality and experience”, especially in the middle of the season.
“It was a no-brainer for us because he will fit in really well in our group and he knows a good few of our players already from playing with them at international and club level. He’s going to be a strong addition to our squad.”
“I saw Matthew playing on a number of occasions last season and he stood out as being a really consistent, reliable performer.”