OFFICIAL: Galway United sign David Cawley

The former Sligo Rovers midfielder returns west to join Shane Keegan's side ahead of the upcoming campaign

Galway United have announced the signing of midfielder David Cawley ahead of the 2017 League of Ireland season.

Cawley joins the Tribesmen from St Patrick's Athletic on a one-year deal with the option of a second year and is the first new signing made by Shane Keegan since taking over the reins at Eamonn Deacy Park.

2017 League of Ireland Premier Division transfers

“I’m happy to be back on this side of the country, closer to home and hopefully back enjoying football again," Cawley told the official Galway United website after signing. 

"Shane and I had a few chats on the phone and met a few times. His ambition is there, I think it matches mine. We both want to go forward, we want to be as successful as we can.

"Hopefully we’ll get the right start. “Get a good pre-season under our belts and you never know, hopefully we can get a good start in the league and take it from there.”

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The 25-year-old Mayo native began his professional career at Ipswich Town before joining Sligo Rovers in 2012.

He enjoyed a successful four seasons at Sligo, winning the Premier Division in 2012, the FAI Cup in 2013 and the Setanta Sports Cup in 2014.

Cawley made the switch to Richmond Park in 2016 but, despite winning the EA Sports Cup, he made just 18 league appearances as the Saints finished seventh in the Premier Division.