Belmullet native Gary Boylan has signed terms with Gaway United for the 2021 League of Ireland season. The 24-year-old joins the Tribesmen after a year playing Gaelic football with Belmullet.
Boylan came through the academy system at Sligo Rovers and the versatile defender, who has also featured in midfield, spent five seasons with the Bit o’Red, where he made over 100 appearances in the Premier Division.
The former Irish under-21 international went on to sign for current Galway manager John Caulfield at Cork City but his appearances were limited on Leeside due to a knee injury.
Caulfield said he was thrilled to add a player of Boylan’s quality and experience to his squad for 2021.
“Gary was keen to join us and he was a player I really wanted to bring to the club. He can play at centre-back, right-back or in the middle of the park. He’s a very good footballer.”
Boylan himself said he wants to nail down a centre-half berth at Eamonn Deacy Park in the coming season.
“I’ve been keeping a close eye on Galway United’s progress since John took over. I’ve worked with him previously at Cork City and I know he’s a serial winner, there’s no doubt in my mind, he’ll bring success to the club in the future.
“Preferably I’m signing here as a centre-half. It’s a position I enjoy, but if John wants me to play in the centre of the park, or at right-back, I’m happy to facilitate whatever the team needs.”