LIMERICK FC have confirmed the signing of Shane Duggan from Cork City.
Just days after the completion of their season Limerick have already commenced preparations for 2015.
This Wednesday morning, manager Stuart Taylor confirmed the departure of eight squad members.
And, also unveiled midfielder Duggan as the first new face for next season.
No longer part of the Super Blues plans are local trio Pat Purcell (retired), Brian O’Callaghan and Jeffrey Judge.
Also departing are experienced midfielders Joe Gamble, Stephen Bradley, Axel Bossekota, Carel Tiofack and Stephen Walsh.
Limerick FC manager has promised that Shane Duggan will be the first of many new signings over the coming months.
And, Taylor has highlighted the importance of attracted more Limerick natives.
Duggan joins Limerick after spending five years in the centre of Cork City’s midfield.
The Norwood Park native is a graduate of the Fairview Rangers schoolboy ranks and Duggan went cross channel to Plymouth Argyle when he was 16.
He spent two years there before, returning to Ireland to play with UCD and then Cork.
Now the 24 year old has committed to Limerick.
“I’m delighted to sign for my hometown club. It’s something I always wanted to do but for whatever reason it hasn’t happened until now,” he explained.
“I had five great seasons in the first team at Cork City and I’m grateful for everything the club did for me. I made a lot of good friends there and won a First Division title. But I’m looking forward now and hoping to push on further in my career with Limerick,” said Duggan.
“I’ve spoken to Stuart about his plans and the players he is looking to bring in to add to those that are staying. Everything about the club seems very professional and I believe there are good times ahead for Limerick,” outlined Duggan.
“Hopefully, in the coming season we can push on up the table. I’m already looking forward to getting started.”
Manager Stuart Taylor praised his new signing.
“He has got a lot of pride in wearing the blue jersey and I think that’s great to have someone like that - it’s his home town and that’s a motivation.”
“It’s something we want to so to bring in lads from Limerick,” said Taylor.