LIMERICK FC have confirmed that their leading goalscorer Rory Gaffney is to join English League Two side Cambridge United on an 18-month contract.
Twenty five-year-old Gaffney joined Limerick in 2011 from Mervue United and went on to help us to promotion to the Premier Division in 2012. The same year he won the PFAI First Division Player of the Year and this season scored 14 times, finished as fourth highest scorer in the Premier Division and was named as Player of the Month, the first Limerick player to win the honour since 1992.
Rory Gaffney said: “I’ve had a wonderful three and a half years with Limerick FC, but I’ve always wanted to experience playing cross channel and I am delighted that I am now joining Cambridge United and fulfilling this goal. I would like to thank all at Limerick FC, the chairman, staff, fans and my fellow players who have supported me throughout my time at the club and helped me develop as a player. I wish the club continued success in the future.”
Cambridge United Chief Executive, Jez George, said they were delighted to have secured Gaffney’s services.
“We have watched a lot of football in the SSE Airtricity League over the last 12 months and Rory came to our attention towards the end of their season,” George said.
“He have done all of our due diligence, Rory has been over to train with the team, he’s met Richard and all the staff, looked around the city, watched us play and competed a medical before signing a deal. We don’t want to put him under any pressure but we are delighted to have secured Rory’s signature on an eighteen month contract. We feel he’s got all the attributes to be a success in England and has ticked all the boxes as far as we are concerned in our recruitment process. We are excited by his imminent arrival.”
Limerick manager Martin Russell wished Gaffney all the best with his move cross channel.
“I’m sure he will be a huge success with Cambridge. I want to thank him not only for the goals he scored for Limerick but his commitment and professionalism,” Russell said.
Limerick FC Chairman, pat O’Sullivan added: “Since Rory joined us from Mervue he has improved year in year out. Credit has to be paid to Mervue also for the hugely important role they played in his development. As a club we are delighted that we have helped him progress even further. While the fans may be disappointed his is leaving us, I am sure they will agree it’s a wonderful opportunity for Rory and we will continue to support him from afar with his new club. Since the day he arrived down from Galway, Rory has been a hard working and dedicated player and these qualities will stand him in good stead as he continues his career in England.”