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Wexford FC is delighted to welcome another new arrival to Ferrycarrig Park as 19 year old defender Craig Giles joins the club after spending last season with Shelbourne U19s. Craig also made two first team Cup appearances for the Reds in 2019.

We caught up with Craig in his native Dublin during the week to talk about his year at Tolka Park and the move to Ferrycarrig for the 2020 season: 

"I've always had an interest and a good awareness with Wexford because I have family there and my cousin Conor Maher played for Wexford Youths a few years ago (Conor was part of Shane Keegan's Wexford Youths First Division side in 2014), I always followed how he was doing so I'm looking forward to the opportunity of playing at Ferrycarrig myself next season. I've seen Wexford play at Tolka this year and I was impressed, they definitely put it up to Shels which isn't easy to do, especially up in Dublin. I haven't really had many opportunities to play against Wexford teams before as their U19s are in the southern league but we did meet in the Shield at the AUL in August, it was a tough game but Shels managed to pull away in the second half. Brian called me a few weeks ago and asked if I was interested in signing, he told me his plans for the season and after that we met again and I'm delighted to have gotten the move sorted. I've started my pre-season early, in the gym just trying to bulk myself up a bit and then in the next few weeks I'll start running and getting sharp again with the ball."

Craig spent most of his early football years at Home Farm but has also played for St.Kevin's Boys and Ballymun in the Leinster Senior League before making his move to Shelbourne in January 2019. Athletics has also played a huge part in his sporting life, he has ran for Ireland and won two All Ireland gold medals at 800m. He made his first team senior debut for the Reds in their League Cup 1st Round win over Bluebell United back in March. He made a second senior appearance for Shels in their Leinster Senior Cup defeat to Bohemians at Tolka Park. Shelbourne ended the season as First Division champions:

"There was a great buzz at Shels this year. I played a few games with the first team during pre-season and we were told that promotion was the main goal, it's obviously been a while since they were back in the top division so it was great for the club to win the League and get back up there. It was a good season all round really, with the 19s we were lucky enough to win the Shield and the 17s got to the semi finals of the Cup so I've learned a lot and seen what has to go in to be successful at this level, individually and as a group so I'm very thankful to Shels."

Football is clearly in the blood, his grandfather is Ireland legend Johnny Giles:  

"Yeah, he was at a couple of my matches last year, he can pick anything out, he sees the game so clearly and he's definitely helped me. I'd always be in contact with him and when he's over we'd talk about a few things. My dad had a good career as well, he was with Bristol City U23s and came back home and won the League with Rovers. My cousin Alan Reilly is a huge help to me as well, he was over in England too and also came back to the League of Ireland so it's nice to have that bit of experience and knowledge in the family to learn from, they've definitely helped to speed up my progression as a footballer I think."

Craig is looking to settle in quickly at Ferrycarrig and try establish a place in the team:

"With Shels I played at left back and centre half. Like all defenders I don't like giving goals away but I like to get on the ball and try get forward and get balls into the box. I finished last season with six or seven assists last season. It's a pretty ruthless division, a lot of teams like Longford and Drogheda have strengthened their squads so it's going to be tough but I have faith that Wexford can improve on last season. I think we'll have a healthy mixture of young lads and experience, we'll be looking to make Ferrycarrig Park a difficult place for teams to come to and try and get a run under our belt. It's a bit of a challenge ahead for me but it's a challenge that I'm excited for and I can't wait to hit the ground running."

Wexford FC kick off the new First Division season in February 2020.





League of Ireland First Division

    Pld +/- Pts
8 Cobh Ramblers 27 -21 28
9 Cabinteely FC 27 -21 25
10 Wexford FC 27 -27 21

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Women's National League

    Pld +/- Pts
1 Shelbourne FC 24 43 61
2 Peamount United 24 63 60
3 Wexford Youths Women FC 24 47 55

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