Denis Behan a transfer target for Limerick

LIMERICK FC confirmed on Monday night that they have made an offer for former Ireland U-23 star Denis Behan.

LIMERICK FC confirmed on Monday night that they have made an offer for former Ireland U-23 star Denis Behan.

Behan (27), originally from Abbeyfeale, was recently released by Hartlepool, but has had several offers back home. He was spotted at Jackman Park on Monday night during Limerick’s 0-0 draw with Cork City in the Airtricity League and manager Pat Scully is confident of securing the services of the striker.

“We have spoken to Denis, we had a great chat with him. We know other clubs are interested, which they should be, he is a great player. We have made him a good offer and it is down to him now to make a decision. This is a fabulous club to be at and a club any player would want to come to and we want to bring in a very high calibre of player.”

Behan had a successful seven-year spell with Cork City when he won an FAI Cup, FAI League and Setanta Cup before moving to Hartlepool in 2009. He made 36 appearances in two years, scoring six goals. He previously scored 31 goals in 171 appearances with Cork

Scully said recently that “we are playing fantastically at the moment, all we are missing is that little bit of quality in front of goal.”

Limerick have scored just 16 goals in 13 games, the lowest for any side in the top half of the table. Injuries to Gary Sheahan and Stephen O’Flynn have not aided their cause.

Meanwhile, it seems that centre-half Brian O’Callaghan will miss the remainder of the season. Callaghan fell awkwardly in a challenge against Cork on Monday night and early indications fear that he has tore tendons in his knee, which will require surgery.

Callaghan has formed a formidable partnership in recent weeks with captain Pat Purcell in which Limerick have only conceded one goal in their last eight games. However, Brian McCarthy who has played in several of these games has proved already he is a more than capable replacement and last year’s U-20 captain Philip Lavin is ready to come through to provide extra backup.