Galway United tie teenager Kyle Fitzgerald down to professional contract

Kyle Fitzgerald

Kyle Fitzgerald Credit: Galway United FC

Newly-promoted Premier Division side Galway United have awarded teenager Kyle Fitzgerald with his first professional contract at the club.

Fitzgerald, 16, is an Ireland under-17 international and has also come through the ranks at Eamonn Deacy Park in recent years.

And with Alex Murphy catching the eye at United before earning his move across the water to the UK with Newcastle United, Galway first-team boss John Caulfield hopes he can help to unlock Fitzgerald’s potential.

It’s fantastic for the club, he’s a local lad coming through with lots of talent,” he said. 

“We’ve had lots of success the last couple of years with Alex Murphy going on to Newcastle United and David Tarmey coming through and now Kyle signing a contract. 

“Kyle’s an exciting technical player, he’s doing really well with the Ireland teams too. We’re looking forward to working with Kyle and to continue his development and deliver on his undoubted potential with Galway United."

Fitzgerald, an attacker by trade, helped Galway win the under-14 national league crown a few years ago.

And he too will be hoping that he does not wait too long to get his chance to shine.

"It’s a very proud moment for me and my family to sign a professional contract,” he added. 

“I’ve been at the club since under-14s level, Johnny Glynn and Martin Devlin were fantastic for me in my development in the Academy and Galway United helped me develop as a player. 

“There’s a big step-up now for the first team, especially because I’m only 16 years of age but I feel capable and can’t wait to get started."