Talented ‘keepers Corbet & Maher sign for top-flight clubs

Article by Kieran Burke - @KieranBTS loi ball

PFAI First Division goalkeeper of the year Niall Corbet has this morning sealed a switch to newly promoted Waterford FC for 2018. The UCD shot-stopper is now the second member from last year’s First Division representative team to be snapped up by second tier winners Waterford, who recently re-signed Garry Comerford to their ranks.

Both Corbet and Comerford are natives of County Laois and have signed full-time contracts at the RSC. Big things are expected of Alan Reynolds ‘’Blues’’ ahead of their first ever top-flight campaign with defunct Waterford United last representing the City in the Premier Division in 2007.

In an early morning press release, Waterford FC claimed to have seen off a number of potential rivals for the signature of talented young ‘keeper Corbet, who played in all but one of UCD’s twenty-eight league outings last season.

Speaking to the official Waterford FC website, Corbet commented:

“I am delighted to sign for Waterford and I look forward to the challenge of full time football in 2018. Playing against the club four times last year you could clearly see something big was happening.

“I spoke with several players at the club and they spoke very highly of the management team and structure in place, the levels of professionalism on display at the club was a big attraction to me.”

Commenting on his former club UCD, who finished third in the First Division last season, Corbet said the following to Waterford FC’s official website:

“I had a great six years at UCD. The club did a lot for me during that time and I will always have fond memories of playing with UCD at every level from U19, Leinster Senior League, Premier Division and First Division. UCD gave me the opportunity to play at the top level and trusted me with their number 1 jersey; I owe them a lot for my development as a goalkeeper during my time at the club.”

Finally, in another goalkeeping announcement by a LOI club this morning, St.Patrick’s Athletic have rewarded Ireland under-19 goalkeeper Brian Maher with his first professional contract at the club. On the books at Richmond Park for the last two seasons, Maher has shone at both club and international level throughout the various age groups and as a result has been handed the opportunity to join the senior ranks at St.Patrick’s Athletic.

Speaking to stpatsfc.com, Maher declared:

"It's a great feeling to get my first professional deal done and now I can continue with our off season programme and be ready for pre season in early January."

"I signed for this club as a 15 year old because I knew that if I performed well that there were opportunities to progress. Liam told me this when I first signed and he's been true to his word." 

"I've really enjoyed my two seasons with the U17s and also played some games for the U19s last season and there's hopefully more to come from me."