Maurice Nugent is the latest Galway United player whom it has been announced will be staying on for 2021.
The club announced on Tuesday that Nugent has signed a new contract for the coming season, in what will be his 7th season at Eamon Deacy Park.
The 22 year old defender had played midfield in the past, but settled into the centre back spot in the latter half of 2020.
“I think in the past my versatility has gone against me a bit, I’ve been between a few positions,” Nugent said.
“It was nice to find my position this year, I think it’s a big thing to settle, then it’s easy when you get a run of games and you feel more comfortable playing in that role.
“It was a crazy season of two halves, things just clicked for us. John gave a lift to the intensity at the club, the late goals and the run we went on were exciting and we’re hoping for more of the same next year.”
John Caulfield described Nugent as a versatile defender, who has been something of an “unsung hero”, and a thorough professional.
“Maurice has pace, he’s excellent in the air, and he’s got a fantastic attitude. He’s only 22 and he’s a player I see massive potential in, he has a big role to play at the club going forward.
“During our run-in, he stood up and was counted and he formed a solid partnership with Killian Brouder.”
Brouder also signed an extension to his contract this week, with Galway United confirming on Monday that he will be returning for 2021.
“I enjoyed playing alongside Maurice, we’ve known each other since we were 15, playing underage at Limerick. I felt we had a good balance in our partnership,” Brouder said.
“Maurice is very fit, he can get around well, whereas I like to get on the ball and play passes. We compliment each other well and we’ve developed a good understanding together.”