Folan ready for Limerick FC season

Stephen Folan during his Newcastle Utd days
Former Newcastle Utd defender Stephen Folan is looking forward to the new season with Limerick FC.

Former Newcastle Utd defender Stephen Folan is looking forward to the new season with Limerick FC.

NEW Limerick FC centre back Stephen Folan feels he is the “strongest and fittest” he’s been in “three years” as he looks to put the disappointment of leaving Premier League side Newcastle United behind him.

Folan, 21, although keen to keep the club’s ambitions for the season in-house, did say: “Put it this way, the new lads who have come to the club aren’t coming here to finish third or fourth we want to get up as high as possible in the table, we want to feel like winners.”

“I don’t see any reason why we can’t get a good few thousand here (Thomond Park). Obviously the more you win the more people are going to want to come and see you. I think it’s vital to the team and to the city that we can get winning and get everyone down and have a good feeling around the city. It’s very important for the kids in the city to have something to look up to.”

While spending time with Shamrock Rovers earlier this year, the Galwayman received a call from Limerick FC manager Stuart Taylor enquiring about his availability.

“Once I had spoken to the chairman and the manager and the assistant manager, I knew I wanted to sign for Limerick.

“I’m so excited, every single person I’ve spoken to was 100% positive of the direction Limerick FC is going, how professional the club is now, the facilities that we have, the facilities are better than a lot of teams in England even in the Championship,” Folan said of his new club.

Folan has joined on a two-year deal like fellow new recruit Danny Galbraith, 22, a sign that Limerick FC is building towards the future by signing talented youngsters on longer term deals.

“Centre back is my preferred choice. In the preseason he (Taylor) played me a lot at left back simply for fitness reasons. I’m glad he did it because I feel really strong, really fit. I’ve played seven games preseason. I’ve played five in two weeks which hasn’t happened in a long time so I’m very grateful to the manager and his assistant for that,” he said.

Hopes were high that the cultured centre back would make it into the Newcastle first team squad.

“There were high hopes from the backroom staff to the local people. They all wanted to see me make it. It was just things that were out of my control. I was there, there abouts but then I would get a little setback. It was very hard, I had so many players that were in front of me that had played 200 or 300 games,” Folan said.