United add defender to help relegation woes

Galway United have signed 22-year-old English defender Niall Maher (pictured above ).

Maher, who began his career with Bolton Wanderers, but made his Football League debut on loan with championship side Blackpool, will stay until the end of the season.

After 10 appearances at Blackpool, the Manchester native returned to the Macron Stadium in 2016 and made five appearances for Bolton Wanderers in the championship before leaving for League One side Bury, where he made 22 appearances.

The centre-back says he is coming to Galway for a reason - "seven cup finals left in the league".

"Obviously I'm here to help the club stay up and hopefully we will have a good run in the cup as well.

"I'm hoping to give a good account of myself and hopefully help keep Galway United in the league."

Galway United manager Shane Keegan says since Lee Grace departed, United has been short at the back.

"To bring in a player of high standard, who has also got the flexibility to play in a number of positions, gives us the strength in depth that we will need between now and the end of the season."

Maher will wear the number five jersey for Galway United and the club is hopeful he will be available for tomorrow's trip to Dalymount Park.

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