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Waterford FC is delighted to confirm that promising duo John Martin and Dean Walsh have both re-signed for the club ahead of the 2019 season.

Martin and Walsh become the latest to commit to the club after Shane Duggan, Cory Galvin and Rory Feely were all confirmed for the new season in the past week.

Injury meant that midfielder Martin missed a portion of last season, but showed his promise with some fine performances and a goal in the final match of the season at home to Limerick.

The Kilkenny-native played a big role as the club won the First Division in 2017 and made 13 league appearances last season for the Blues in the Premier Division.

Dean Walsh rejoins the Blues first team having made his way through the club’s U19 team before playing his part in the club’s promotion two seasons ago.

The 21-year-old, left-footed striker joined Wexford FC in July on loan for the second half of the season and will now join up with the first team again at the RSC ahead of the 2019 season.

Speaking to after putting pen to paper for the 2019 season, John Martin said:

“I’m delighted to have signed for another year with the club, I really enjoyed being part of the team last year with a really great bunch of lads.

“It was a tough year for me personally and with the injury to my foot it was frustrating. But I’m back now and focused on having a good off-season and getting myself in the best shape I can be in for when we get back for pre-season.

“It’s a very exciting time for the fans and everyone at the club with European football next year and I just can’t wait to get back and get going again.”

Speaking to after re-signing, Dean Walsh said: “I’m really happy to have signed back for next season.

“It was a good season last year and I enjoyed being part of a brilliant dressing room with some great characters in it. I’ll be looking to kick on this season now after getting some games on my loan to Wexford and I can’t wait to get started again.”

Speaking to after securing John and Dean for another season, Waterford FC manager Alan Reynolds said: “I’m delighted to get both John and Dean signed up for the new season. John had a tough season with injury but he worked really hard to get back before the end of the season and to finish with a goal is great for him.

“Dean is another good young, local lad and he got some good game time at Wexford in the second half of the season. He’ll come back in with us now and push to make an impact this season. Both have made it through our underage teams and they’re exactly the kind of young, local players that are the future of the club.”

John and Dean join Rory Feely, Cory Galvin, Shane Duggan, Bastien Hery, JJ Lunney, Zack Elbouzedi and Ismahil Akinade in the confirmed Waterford FC 2019 squad so far.

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