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Mullagh’s O’Dea signs new contract with Galway Utd

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Mullagh’s Caoilfhionn O’Dea has put pen to paper on a new contract with Galway Utd.

O’Dea’s contract is understood to cover the entire 2021 season with the Tribesmen. He joined the club in 2018 from Newmarket Celtic and starred in their Academy over their the past three years.

He played a key role in United’s run to the final of the under-19 league in 2019, and his form earned a first team contract, and he made his debut in a 3-2 win against Limerick at Eamonn Deacy Park. The former Kilmurry Ibrickane footballer turned twenty last week.

Caoilfhionn is hopeful he will meet the challenge head on and be rewarded with increased game time under manager John Caulfield. “I was brought into the first team squad in 2019 after helping the club to reach the under-19 final, it was a big step up, but a great experience for me. I feel like I’m coping well with it and John will help guide me next season as well.

“Obviously the hope is to play more next season, but I know I have to be patient and put the work in. Last season I signed just before lockdown, I’m hoping that John will have confidence in me, all he expects is hard work and honesty, and I’ll certainly give him that. I’m very excited to sign for the first team, I learned a lot from John even in the short time I worked with him last season and I’m eager to keep progressing”.

Caulfied is confident the central midfielder will show further improvement next year. “He’s been playing with our under-19s, he came in training with the first team last season but obviously next year we’re looking for him to kick on. Caoilfhionn is a very good passer of the ball and we expect him to improve even more next year, and that he’ll be challenging to get in the squad every week”.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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