Ennis’ Maurice Nugent has recently been called up to the Republic of Ireland U19 squad.
Nugent has had an excellent season lining out in defence for Galway Utd’s U19 side managed by Johnny Glynn. Such was the impression he made at the beginning of the 2016 season that he was awarded captaincy of the club team.
Maurice joined Galway Utd from Mervue Utd after standing out for their U19 team. The eighteen year old is currently studying at NUIG.
He led his club team all the way to the League Final, making twenty four appearances and scoring three goals in the process. Along the way he caught the eye of Republic of Ireland manager Tom Mohan. The boys in green played three games in October drawing to Germany and Gibraltar while they recorded a 1-0 away win over Albania.
It’s a positive reflection for the Galway club who this weekend appointed Johnny Glynn as Head of Football Development. He will also be joining Shane Keegan’s backroom setup as First Team Coach.
“I want to make sure that every young player gets the opportunity to progress through to fulfil their potential. We have a great opportunity in Galway in terms of player development. Last year we did really well and we showed what we could do with some talented players from Galway city and county, Clare and Mayo, which was back-boned by a solid structure and good coaching staff” the former League of Ireland striker said.
Former Irish rugby international Johnny O’Connor has been unveiled as the club’s strength and conditioning coach for the 2017 SSE Airtricity League season. The thirty six year old who also lined out for Connacht and the London Wasps worked in a similar capacity with Arsenal where he spent the last three seasons.