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Shane Keegan has brought the number of players on his panel up to 13 after three players put their pens to paper on new deals

Galway United have confirmed that Padraic Cunningham, Conor Melody and Paul Sinnot have signed new contracts with the club ahead of the 2017 season.

Cunningham, 20, is entering his fourth season at Eamonn Deacy Park and new Galway manager Shane Keegan believes that the striker, who has scored 11 goals in 54 appearances for the club can become "an absolute star."

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"You’re looking at a player, if he fulfils his potential, he has the possibility of being an absolute star," Keegan told the club's official website.

"The fact that Padraic is different to our current strikers is a huge plus for me. We have three very different strikers, with differing styles of play.

"Padraic has the potential to be the breakthrough star of 2017 if he fulfils that potential. He’s got all the looks of a player that’s going to do everything that’s required to get the most out himself next season."

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Defender Sinnott, 30, has been a mainstay for Galway over the course of seven seasons and featured 31 times for the club in 2016, scoring one goal.

Nineteen-year-old Melody heads into his third season at the club after making a breakthrough into the first team in 2015. The midfielder made 19 league appearances last season, scoring once.

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The trio join Alex Byrne, Kevin Devaney, Stephen Folan, Colm Horgan and Marc Ludden in committing to the club for another campaign.

Along with new signings Ronan Murray, David Cawley, Lee Grace and Gavan Holohan, Galway's squad is now taking shape with 13 players on the roster for 2017.