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Wexford FC is delighted to announce that Conor Crowley has signed for the club. The 21 year old midfielder from Dublin joins us from Cabinteely FC. Previous to that Conor spent three seasons at UCD.

Conor signed for UCD from Cherry Orchard in 2016 and was part of the U19 squad that won the League that year. The following season Conor was part of the first team squad while also continuing to play for the U19s (one of the highlights been competing in the UEFA Youth League for the Students). Conor made his first team debut for UCD in February 2017, a 2-0 win for UCD over Drogheda United in the 4th Round of the Leinster Senior Cup (another recent Wexford FC signing Cian Kavanagh was on target for UCD on the day). Conor continued to be part of the first team squad at UCD in 2018, the Students eventually been crowned First Division champions. Midway through the 2019 season, Conor left UCD and spent the rest of the season at Stradbrook with Pat Devlin's Cabinteely FC.

Conor will join up with some old ex teammates at Ferrycarrig Park in Cian Kavanagh, Tom Murphy and Dan Tobin who have all signed for Wexford in the past few weeks. Conor is confident that his familiarity with these players will help him settle in quickly at the club:

"Yeah, I know quite a few of the lads already. When Cian signed for UCD I was playing with both the U19s and the first team squad so I trained with him for over a year and I'm really looking forward to playing with him again if Brian picks the two of us. I think Cian prefers to play as an 8 or a 10 in midfield and get forward as much as he can, he's a really good technical player. I don't really mind where I play, I'm comfortable in those positions as well and can also play in a deeper role and let him go forward. I've played with Dan since the U19s so I've known him for a very long time and know exactly how he plays and I played with Tom for the first half of last season as well. They're all very good signings and definitely players that will help us challenge for promotion next year."

With UCD returning to the First Division and having spent the latter half of 2019 with promotion chasing Cabinteely, how does he think both clubs will fare in 2020?:

"I know most of the lads that will be there at UCD next year, they have the best young players in the country. They're always going to be a tough team to play and they'll be looking to win the League again and go straight back up. It's probably the best place to be as a young player, even though it's not full time you more or less train as a professional with top class strength and conditioning, the physios and the facilities. Match analysis twice a week sometimes, coming in on Saturdays as well. I definitely developed as a player and it was a great place even though I wasn't playing in the first team as much as I wanted to."

"With Cabinteely I learned different sides of the game, how different dressing rooms work cause sometimes UCD is a bubble. There's a lot of very good young players at Cabinteely, they've proven they can cope at this level and they also have players with plenty of League of Ireland experience. They're very tough to beat and hard to play against with the style they have, they like to get the ball forward as quick as possible and it certainly worked for them last season, Rob Manley ended up with 17 or 18 goals. It's going to be a tough tight Division. Drogheda and Longford will be a force this year and Shamrock Rovers as well if they get a B team in the league. Bray have a lot of experience in their squad too, there's a lot of very big clubs there that will want to go up. That's the aim for everybody, including ourselves."

How did the move to Ferrycarrig come about and what were his reasons for signing?:

"Well, I've always had a good welcome at Ferrycarrig Park when I played there, it's a very friendly club and I think Wexford's style of play will suit me better. When Brian rang me and told me how he wants the club to progress, not just this year but his plans for the club for the next few seasons, I was very keen to sign straight away. I'm a technical kind of player and he emphasised that he wants to try get the ball down as much as possible and be creative and pass it around and that's what I like to do. There was talk of a few different clubs who were interested in me but once Brian said I had a good chance of playing if I was committed and worked hard enough it was an easy decision to make. That's all I've ever really wanted."

"Wexford have a very good record of helping bringing players on, you look at players like Jack Doherty who came in last year and did very well. Darragh O'Connor who got the move over to Leicester City, Lee Grace at Shamrock Rovers, Sean Callan as well. They're all players who were given a chance at Wexford and they took it. You look at the players Brian has signed already this season, players like me, looking for games. Players who have been at very good clubs but maybe haven't been given that chance just yet. I've been working really hard over the off season and now I'm just looking forward to getting into pre-season training which is less than two weeks away now. I know Brian has pre-season games against really top class opposition lined up as well so I'm hoping I can impress in those and then try cement a position in the team for myself. Hopefully I can repay the faith that Brian has shown in me and I can put in some good performances throughout the season and help make it a successful season for the club."

Wexford will kick off the new First Division season in February 2020. Season tickets are still available on a special early bird offer of €100 (Adult) and €50 (Concessions).

Conor in action for UCD, where he spent three seasons.

   

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