Galway United are set to benefit from a new centre of excellence – built on land that the GAA recently sold for a near €2m loss.

In the last decade Galway GAA bought the land at Mountain South outside Athenry for €2.8m with the plan to develop their own centre of excellence.

However, it was recently sold to Comer Group, which is owned by Glenamaddy brothers Brian and Luke Comer, for less than €1m, according to a report in the Connacht Tribune.

And now the brothers plan to include a centre of excellence for the First Division outfit – by far the largest of its kind in the country – as part of a development on the land.

The 82-hectare site will include six pitches, a gymnasium and around 30 apartments where young footballers will live.

The Comers are hoping to turn Galway United into one of the best club in the country and, according to the Connacht Tribune, the plan is for the academy to become ‘a feeder’ for future Irish internationals.

Galway finished sixth of ten teams in the SSE Airtricity League First Division, 20 points off first placed UCD.