NEW Limerick FC captain Shane Duggan cannot wait to lead his home town club out in their first fixture of the SSE Airtricity League season against Bray Wanderers at Thomond Park on Friday night (7.45pm).
Exciting midfielder Duggan joined Stuart Taylor’s Limerick from Cork City over the closed season.
And the former Fairview Rangers schoolboy star has been handed the honour of captaining Limerick FC this season - despite being just 24 years of age.
Shane’s father Ger enjoyed a decorated career playing League of Ireland football with Limerick, winning League and Cup medals.
Shane Duggan said: “I was talking to my father about leading the team out on Friday night. It is going to be a very proud moment. I just can’t wait. It has been a long pre-season and it is just building up to the game..
“I was delighted, over the moon when Stuart (Taylor) approached me about the captaincy. It is a massive honour for me. I captained Limerick up along, Kennedy Cups, and things like that, but this is my first time having the captain’s armband at senior level.
“As a captain, I won’t be much of a screamer or shouter, well rarely anyway, unless I lose it! I try and lead by example with what I do on the pitch. Hopefully that rubs off on the other players if I am doing my job.”
Former Limerick CBS star Duggan spent two years cross-channel with Plymouth Argyle as a teenager.
He later returned to Ireland to play with UCD and more recently Cork.
Duggan is confident Limerick FC can improve on their seventh place finish in the Premier Division from last season.
Midfielder Duggan said: “It is still only our second season back up - we can’t expect to win the League. We want to build on what we did last season and progress - hopefully move up a few places.”
Duggan is one of two big-name signings to join Limerick FC ahead of the new season, along with former UCD defender Michael Leahy.
Following Friday night’s opener with Bray, Limerick FC face difficult away ties against Dundalk and St Patrick’s Athletic. Limerick’s meeting with St Pat’s will be televised live by RTE on Saturday, March 22 at 3.15pm.