Ollie Horgan has signed defender Killian Cantwell from Galway United, as the Finn Harps manager continues to build a squad for the new League of Ireland Premier Division season. Horgan needed to add defensive cover with Keith Cowan not expected to feature at all next season due to the serious knee injury sustained against Cork City in the latter stages of the 2016 campaign.
“We’re very pleased to get a central defender of Killian’s stature on board for the new season. He’s a young lad who has a lot of experience already in League of Ireland football having played with Wexford Youths and the last two years with Galway United in the Premier” Horgan said.
21-year-old Cantwell played with the UCD U19s in 2012 before moving to join the Waterford United’s U19 in July 2013. The following January, the Kilkenny native signed for Wexford Youths ahead of their First Division campaign. Cantwell had a good season only miss only one game and also managed four goals as Shane Keegan’s side finished fourth just missing out on the play-offs by three points.
Cantwell has spent the last two seasons in Galway. The 2015 campaign was frustrating as injuries restricted his playing time but he made nine league appearances for the club as the Tribesmen finished tenth in the Premier Division. The central defender also played in the 2015 EA Sports Cup Final, which Galway lost on penalties to Saint Pat’s. Cantwell featured much more for Galway last season, as they held their place in the top flight comfortably.
New signings Killian Cantwell and Danny Morrisey along with other Harps players including Ethan Boyle will be present at the Balor Theatre tonight for the club’s open meeting ahead of the new season. The meeting starts at 7.45pm and all are welcome.