*Jack Lynch (Galway United). Photo: Sean Ryan | sportsphoto.ie

Shannon’s Jack Lynch has signed a new contract with Galway United keeping him with the club for the 2020 SSE Airtricity League season.

Lynch joined Galway midway through the 2019 season and became a regular in the starting eleven at right back making nine appearances after overcoming injury problems. He also lined out at centre-back and as a central midfielder.

Galway Utd manager, Alan Murphy said he was pleased to keep Jack on board for 2020. “Jack had a great introduction to Galway United. He was injured for a period of time and you could still probably look at him and say he was one of the finds of the season and a really consistent performer for us.

“He’s not just a performer, he’s exactly what I’ve been looking for. The individual, the application, the attitude and the type of character that we want to move forward with. He has that in spades. He’s really ambitious and has played in the League of Ireland and won things before. Jack is really looking forward to the setup that we’re going to have at Galway United next season, we’ll be really ambitious, driving forward to see what we can achieve together.”

Murphy has backed Lynch to build on the progress he’s made in the 2019 season and to become an established performer in the SSE Airtricity League. “Jack is only 21, he’s got a full career ahead of him. There is a huge amount of potential there. Last season he gave us that attacking platform from right-back. He’s calm on the ball, but yet very intelligent and he knows his job well. 2020 is going to be a big season for him.

“That little injury he picked up last season probably inhibited him in terms of playing a few more games and really becoming a fan favourite for us. He’s well on the way to doing that because at such a young age, he’s already such a visible leader and a great guy to have around the club in terms of his demands and his standards. I’m glad he’s with us for another season.”

Galway Utd have yet to confirm if Ennis duo Maurice Nugent and Joe Collins will be sticking with the club, Nugent was named club player of the year last week. Striker Jeff McGowan from Newmarket-on-Fergus left the Tribesmen towards the end of last season with a recurring hamstring injury hindering his progress.

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