Limerick defender Killian Brouder has signed a new contract with Galway Utd for 2020
LIMERICK defender Killian Brouder has signed a new contract with SSE Airtricity League side Galway United for 2020.
In-demand Newcastle West defender Brouder has rejected a number of offers from Premier Division clubs to extend his stay at Eamonn Deacy Park.
The 21-year-old Brouder joined Galway midway through the 2019 season from Limerick FC and he made an immediate impact on Corribside.
Brouder made 9 appearances for United in all competitions and he played a key role in the club's strong finish to the season. The commanding centre-half scored his first goal for the Tribesmen against Athlone Town on the final night of the season.
Brouder said: "A big thing about coming back was that I enjoyed last season and I think (Galway Utd manager) Alan Murphy can get the best out of me,.
"I came to Galway after a tough season with Limerick, I started off a bit rusty but I found my feet and I really enjoyed my football and that's the main reason I'm back for 2020.
"Alan has been onto me since the end of the season and he's told me his plans for the club and I was very impressed by them. I'm still a young player, so I want to be playing as much football as possible.
"When I came to the club, I just felt there was a good group of lads there and I settled in quickly. I did have one or two offers from elsewhere for next year but Alan's plans for the club really interested me. Last season I got on well with all the lads, I can't wait to see them again and get going. Hopefully it's going to be a big year for us."
Galway United manager Murphy said: "I'm absolutely thrilled that Killian Brouder has signed a new contract with the club. He was a real factor in the development and the resurgence of the team last season," Murphy said.
"He's a real physical specimen and visual leader when you look out on the pitch. He's a really technical defender, who reads the game well and on top of all that, he's a smashing player and a great guy to deal with.
"We're lucky to get him over the line, there has been considerable interest in Killian during this off-season. He's really bought into the vision and ambition that we have for next year. Hopefully he'll be a big player for us.
"Killian really gelled within the group last season and enjoyed his football, he's really looking forward to getting back now and pushing on with the club in pre-season."