Andrew Cunneen profiles the clubs that Limerick FC will face in the Airtricity League Premier Division
Manager: Mick Cooke
Star Player: Ryan Brennan
One to Watch: Paul O’Conor
Players In: David Cassidy (Shelbourne), Paul O’Conor (UCD), Graham Rusk (UCD), Gary O’Neill (Shamrock Rovers)
Players Out: John Sullivan (Dundalk), Paul Crowley (Shelbourne), Sean Brennan (Shelbourne), Tiarnan Mulvenna (Dundalk)
Last season: 2nd
Prospects: Opposition won’t be underestimating them this year. 5th
Manager: Trevor Croly
Star Player: Mark Quigley
One to Watch: Danny Ledwith
Players In: Richard Brush (Sligo Rovers), Mark Quigley (Sligo Rovers), Jason McGuinness (Sligo Rovers), Barry Murphy (St. Patrick’s Athletic), James Chambers (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Derek Foran (Dundalk), Shane Robinson (FC Haka), Sean O’Connor (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Karl Sheppard (Reading – loan), Danny Ledwith (UCD)
Players Out: Oscar Jannson (Orebro), Graham Gartland (Shelbourne), Killian Brennan (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Aaron Greene (Sligo Rovers), Gary Twigg (Portadown), Sean Gannon (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Gary O’Neill (Drogheda United), Reyaad Pieterse (released), Craig Sives (emigrated), Colin Hawkins (released)
Last season: 4th
Prospects: Best squad in the division - 1st.
Manager: Pat Devlin
Star Player: Jason Byrne
One to Watch: Kieran “Marty” Waters
Players In: Gary Dempsey (Waterford United), Eoin Hyland (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Bidemi Afolabi (Clongowes Wood), Shane O’Neill (Wayside Celtic), Paul Clifford, Colm Begley, Gerald Pender, Adrian Rafferty
Players Out: Adam Mitchell, Adam Hanlon (Shelbourne), Yani Georgiev, Dean Marshall, Dane Massey (Dundalk), Patrick Seery, Lee Dixon, Sean Houston
Last Season: 10th
Prospects: Poorest side bar one - 11th
Manager: Aaron Callaghan
Star Player: Keith Buckley
One to Watch: Karl Moore
Players In: Ciaran Nangle (UCD), Chris Lyons (UCD), Darragh Hanaphy (Newry City), Dean Delany (Shelbourne), Stephen Paisley (Shelbourne)
Players Out: Kevin Feely (Charlton Athletic), Keith Ward (Dundalk)
Last Season: 7th
Prospects: Run of the mill side with a good manager. 9th
Manager: Tommy Dunne
Star Player: Daryl Kavanagh
One to Watch: Danny Morrissey
Players In: Daryl Kavanagh (Shamrock Rovers), Danny Furlong (Wexford Youths), Darren Dennehy, Denis Behan (Limerick FC), Sean Brosnan (Limerick FC), Dan Murray (Shamrock Rovers)
Players Out: Vinny Sullivan (Waterford United), Gavin Kavanagh (Waterford United), Davin O’Neill (Cobh Ramblers),
Last Season: 6th
Prospects: Very good, but young side. Strong at home. 7th
Manager: Ian Baraclough
Star Player: Danny North
One to Watch: Lee Lynch
Players In: Anthony Elding (Grimsby), Aaron Greene (Shamrock Rovers), Kieran Djilali.
Players Out: Jason McGuinness (Shamrock Rovers), Mark Quigley (Shamrock Rovers), Richard Brush (Shamrock Rovers), John Dillon (Dundalk), Mark McGoldrick.
Last Season: 1st
Prospects: Lost a lot of good players. There or thereabouts. 3rd.
St Patrick’s Athletic
Manager: Liam Buckley
Star Player: Killian Brennan
One to Watch: Chris Forrester
Players In: Conan Byrne (Shelbourne), Killian Brennan (Shamrock Rovers), Shane McFaul (FC Haka), Sean Gannon (Shamrock Rovers), Dave Ryan (Limerick FC), Conor Murphy (Derry City), Jordan Keegan
Players Out: James Chambers (Shamrock Rovers), Sean O’Connor (Shamrock Rovers), Pat Flynn (Shelbourne), Barry Murphy (Shamrock Rovers), Dean Kelly (Shelbourne), Darren Meenan (Dundalk)
Last Season: 3rd
Prospects: Could run Rovers very close. 2nd.
Manager: Stephen Kenny
Star Player: Keith Ward
One to Watch: John Sullivan
Players In: Pat Hoban (Mervue United), John Dillon (Sligo Rovers), Keith Ward (Bohemians), Andy Boyle (Shelbourne), Dane Massey (Bray Wanderers), Tiarnan Mulvenna (Drogheda United), Richie Towell, Stephen O’Donnell, Kurtis Byrne, Chris Shields (Bray Wanderers), Darren Meenan (St. Patrick’s Athletic), John Sullivan (Drogheda United), Vinny Faherty (St. Patrick’s Athletic)
Players Out: Robbie Gaul, Lorcan Shannon, Gary Shanahan, Marc Griffin (Derry City), Michael Rafter (Derry City), Chris Reilly, Mark O’Brien, Barry Conlon, Peter Thomas, William Woods.
Last Season: 11th.
Prospects: Much better set up. Kenny has a point to prove. 8th.
Manager: Declan Devine
Star Player: Barry McNamee
One to Watch: Mark Griffin
Players In: Paddy Kavangh (Shelbourne), Michael Rafter (Dundalk), Marc Griffin (Dundalk), Thomas Crawley (Longford Town), Sean Houston (Bray Wanderers)
Players Out: Conor Murphy (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Stephen McLaughlin (Nottingham Forrest), David McDaid, Mark Farren, Eugene Ferry, Marc Brolly, Caoimhinn Bonner.
Last Season: 5th
Prospects: Slight improvement this season. 4th
Manager: Martin Russell
Star Player: Mick Leahy
One to Watch: Craig Walsh
Players In: Craig Walsh (Longford Town), Dinny Corcoran (Bohemians).
Players Out: Danny Ledwith (Shamrock Rovers), Paul O’Conor (Drogheda United), Graham Rusk (Drogheda United), Ciaran Nangle (Bohemians), Chris Lyons (Bohemians)
Last Season: 9th
Prospects: UCD seem to claw out the same result every year. 10th
Manager: Alan Matthews
Star Player: Philly Hughes
One to Watch: Jack Memery
Players In: Paul Crowley (Drogheda United), Dean Kelly (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Adam Hanlon (Bray Wanderers), Pat Flynn (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Sean Brennan (Drogheda United), Jack Memery (Shamrock Rovers), Robert Bayly (Longford Town), Ger Hanley (Mervue United), Niall Burdon (Stade Rennais)
Players Out: Conan Byrne (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Paddy Kavanagh (Derry City), David Cassidy (Drogheda United), Chris Bennion (Longford Town), Andy Boyle (Dundalk), Stephen Paisley (Bohemians), Philip Gorman (Athlone Town), Kevin Dawson (Yeovil Town), Dean Delany (Bohemians)
Last Season: 8th
Prospects: Lost too many big names to survive. 12th
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