Galway United are delighted to announce that Colin Kelly, Donal Higgins and Dara Costelloe have signed first team contracts with the club.

United's under-17 team currently sit in second place in the Southern Elite Division and the trio have played hugely influential roles for Alan Murphy side, who have a play-off berth in sight.

As well as managing United's first team, Alan Murphy has also managed the Tribesmen's under-17 team over the last two seasons and he was keen to add the talented trio to his first team squad for the remaining three league games in the SSE Airtricity League First Division.

Colin Kelly, 16, is the highest goalscorer in underage football in the SSE Airtricity League.

Kelly, who arrived from Mervue United at the start of the season, has scored an incredible 26 goals in 2018.

The striker has appeared in all 20 of United's under-17 fixtures, often operating as a winger or in the number 10 role.

Donal Higgins, 16, was appointed under-17 captain in 2018 after enjoying an impressive first season with the club last year after joining from Maree Oranmore.

Higgins, like Colin Kelly, has been a mainstay for United this season, making 19 appearances, scoring an impressive 12 goals from midfield.

Dara Costelloe, 15, has made a big impact since joining United's under-15 team last season from Limerick side Aisling Annacotty.

Murphy brought the winger into his under-17 squad this season and Costelloe has already made his presence felt, making 17 appearances in 2018.

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