Former Watford goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin has been named as the new Republic of Ireland Under 21 goalkeeping coach.

Despite currently being listen on the books at Bristol City as a player, the 32-year-old has been given a permanent position as a member of the Irish U21 set up.

Gilmartin had two spells at Vicarage Road, but amassed a total of just seven appearances from both, conceding ten goals in the process and keeping only one clean sheet.

During his first stint at Watford between 2010 and 2012, he spent time away on loan with Yeovil Town and Crawley Town before making a permanent move to Plymouth Argyle. He later returned in 2014 before leaving for Colchester three years later.

Speaking about his new appointment, Gilmartin said he was proud to have been given such a "perfect opportunity."

"It's a massively proud moment for me," said Gilmartin.

"I played for the Ireland U-21s when I was starting out at Walsall and now, to have the opportunity to coach the goalkeepers is perfect for me.

"We've got some fantastic talent coming through and it's been great to work with the likes of Caoimhin Kelleher, Gavin Bazunu and Conor Kearns during my time with the squad so far."