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901 FC Permanently Signs Loanee Niall Logue

January 7, 2022 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Memphis 901 FC News Release

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis 901 FC announced the permanent addition of former El Paso Locomotive FC loanee and 2021 standout defender Niall Logue on Monday, pending league and federation approval.

After joining 901 FC on loan in June, Logue played an integral role in a stout 901 FC backline that guided the side to its first-ever postseason appearance. The Irish defender started 21 of 22 matches for Memphis, leading the club in blocks and finishing second on the year in clearances.

"Last year, Niall was a great addition to the squad mid-season on loan and helped push us across the line into the playoffs," Head Coach Ben Pirmann said. "He has great ability on the ball and is a vocal leader throughout the season. Niall is truly bought in for our club and community and will be an even bigger part of this project for 2022."

"I am happy to be coming back to a place that welcomed me in with open arms from day one. The fans have been brilliant to me by welcoming and giving me my first ever song. So to be going back to a place that gave me so much love on & off the pitch it was a clear choice for me!" Logue said. "Ben had entrusted me with a lot of responsibility from the day I walked in the doors from El Paso mid-season on loan so I want to repay that trust back in full by giving my all & instilling the never say die attitude that the 901 are known for!"

Born in Northern Ireland, Logue began his career in the youth ranks of Northern Ireland's Institute FC in his hometown of Derry from 2010 to 2014 and spent time with the Northern Ireland youth national team. In 2014, Logue transitioned to the United States where he joined Yavapai College in Prescott, Ariz. While with the Roughriders, Logue captained the junior college, was a two-time All-American and guided Yavapai to 10 shutouts and a conference title in 2015.

Following two seasons with Yavapai College, Logue transferred to Ohio State where he continued his collegiate career. Over his two years in Columbus, Logue accumulated 3,379 minutes on 37 starts, a pair of goals and led the Buckeyes to a school-record number of consecutive shutout wins.

After his time at Ohio State, Logue began his professional career back in his hometown with Derry City of the League of Ireland Premier Division. Seeing the pitch in four matches over his brief return to Derry, Logue was loaned to League of Ireland First Division side Finn Harps FC where he spent half a year on loan before permanently joining the side to begin 2019. Over his 24 appearances with the club from 2018 to 2020, Logue knocked in a goal and helped the side gain promotion to the Irish topflight in 2019.

In 2020, Logue returned to the United States and Arizona, signing with USL League One's FC Tucson. In Tucson, Logue started 16 times in as many matches and racked up 1,440 minutes. In December 2020, Logue joined El Paso Locomotive FC of the USL Championship where he did not make an appearance before being loaned to Memphis in June 2021.

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