LIMERICK FC have parted company with their vastly experienced goalkeeper, Barry Ryan.
Thirty six-year-old Ryan joined Limerick FC from Galway United in December 2010 and the Ennis native has been first choice keeper with the Blues for the past four seasons.
Tweeting on Wednesday night, Barry Ryan wrote: “Well thats me done with limerick, Like to thank @eddiehickey3 especially and all the lads I met over the yrs.”
Limerick FC manager, Martin Russell confirmed Ryan’s departure this Thursday.
In a statement Russell said: “We sat down at the end of the season and were reviewing all positions. We decided to move in a different direction with goalkeeping.
“I would like to thank Barry for all his years of service with Limerick FC and wish him all the best for the future.”
Ali Abbas who joined the Blues from the Right To Dream academy in Ghana in August of last year did start between the posts for Martin Russell’s side through the closing weeks of the Premier Division season.
Limerick FC are also believed to be in discussion with an experienced goalkeeper to replace Ryan.
Responding to Barry Ryan’s tweet announcing his departure, his Limerick FC team mate Samuel Oji wrote: “Was a pleasure to play in front of you pal you’ve left behind some big gloves to fill.”
Barry Ryan joined Limerick for their 2011 First Division campaign both as a player and as the club’s goalkeeping coach.
He started his league career at UCD with whom he played for six years, winning the Supporters Club player of the year award twice and, in 2002, winning the Soccer Writers Association Goalkeeper of the year award.
In 2003 Ryan moved to Shamrock Rovers, signing for then manager Liam Buckley.
At the end of 2004, Ryan signed for St Patrick’s Athletic where he played for four years before moving to Galway for the beginning of the 2009 season.
He also spent two years at Galway solidifying his reputation as one of the league’s top goalkeepers.
Ryan Munster Senior Cup and First Division titles with Limerick FC in 2012, playing a key role in the club’s promotion back to the Premier Division.