Limerick swoop for former Hearts star Kelly

PROMOTION chasing Limerick FC are continuing to beef up their squad during the transfer window with confirmation that former Hearts and Dundalk right-back Shaun Kelly has joined the Blues from Galway United.

PROMOTION chasing Limerick FC are continuing to beef up their squad during the transfer window with confirmation that former Hearts and Dundalk right-back Shaun Kelly has joined the Blues from Galway United.

Twenty two-year-old Kelly is in line to make his Limerick FC debut when Pat Scully’s men resume their Airtricity League First Division programme away to Athlone Town on Friday, July 16.

Kelly is the third big-time signing to join Limerick in recent weeks, following the arrival of the former Cork City duo of Joe Gamble and Denis Behan at Jackman Park.

And there is every likelihood that Scully will strength his squad further before the transfer window closes, with speculation that the club may make a move for experienced Shamrock Rovers defender Dan Murray should he become available.

Pat Scully said: “We have a week off now which we badly need. I am hoping that we have two players back from injury for the Athlone game, Stephen O’Flynn and Shane Tracy.

“We have brought in three players in the window already and I am hoping we can bring one more in, we will have six or seven players who will freshen things up a little bit.

“But as I have been saying, I cannot fault the players who are here already. They have been outstanding.”

Scully declined to reveal the identity of any of the club’s other transfer targets.

“We are getting linked to every single player in the world at the moment,” Pat Scully said.

“We have had good meetings with players. We do our business properly. We don’t speculate and we don’t spread rumours and stuff like that.

“We are delighted Shaun Kelly has come in. I first saw Shaun playing for Dundalk about a year ago and I thought he was very, very good. He has great quality on the ball, loves to get forward and get good quality balls into the box. “I think Shaun was very impressed when he came up and saw the likes of Joe Gamble and Denis Behan here.

“There is a great atmosphere at the club and that is reflected in training. Players want to come here.”