Galway United fans are eagerly awaiting the new campaign to kick-off next month, with the visit of neighbours Sligo Rovers to Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday evening for the first pre-season game of the year.
United fans have reason to be optimistic this season under a new management team led by former Wexford Youths manager Shane Keegan.
Keegan has made numerous additions to his new squad and has made the decision to hand the captaincy to local Galway man and former Salthill Devon player Colm Horgan, who will lead the tribesmen at the age of 22.
As reported on Galway United’s official website, Horgan spoke of his delight at becoming captain of the club he joined in 2014.
“I was delighted when Shane offered the captaincy to me. It’s something I might have seen myself doing further down the line, but it’s nice to get it, even at the age of 22.
“I’m delighted that Shane thinks I deserve it and I’m pretty sure the lads in the dressing room are happy enough with me also, which is nice as well.”
Horgan has a lot to live up too with his brother Daryl Horgan having an outstanding campaign last season with Champions Dundalk, that saw him earn a move to England with Preston North End.
The younger Horgan brother, however, has his own goals and is entering his eight campaign in the SSE Airtricity League determined to repay the faith shown in him by Keegan.
“I’m just trying to stay myself, I’ve been given the role because of the type of character I am and the way I’ve conducted myself on and off the pitch over the last three years. So it’s nice to see that when you behave professionally, you get your just rewards.
“I’m still going to be leaning on the guys who have been around longer than myself, like Paul Sinnott, Stephen Folan, Vinny Faherty, David Cawley and Ronan Murray, who has come back from England.
“These are guys with medals, who have played with top clubs, so I’m going to try and pick their brains and see what they think should be done better. I’m not going to be an enforcer, I’m going to be myself.”
Shane Keegan too is looking forward to his first campaign with his new club and his delighted Horgan accepted his offer to become captain.
“Colm, from day one, I was very, very impressed with him. When I say day one, I mean when I sat down initially to talk, trying to get him on board.
“Immediately his whole personality, demeanour and the way he carries himself is very impressive for a young man. Very early on, he stood out to me as a person that might fit the role.”
Galway United have lined up five pre-season friendlies starting on Friday with the visit of Sligo Rovers. Limerick and Athlone Town will also visit Eamonn Deacy Park and Keegan will bring his squad to Cobh Ramblers and Waterford ahead of their first home league game against Drogheda United on February 24 when the new season will get underway.
Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena