LIMERICK FC manager Pat Scully is giving his squad little time to settle into 2012 with plans to start pre-season training on January 18.
Scully and Limerick FC chairman Pat O’Sullivan confirmed the signing of defender Shane Guthrie over the Christmas period, but the manager is not promising a long list of new arrivals for The Super Blues.
“I know Shane well, having managed him at Kilkenny City and Shamrock Rovers. He is a strong defender and has the experience of winning the First Division twice. He will be a great asset to the team,” said Scully of Guthrie, who has played with St Patrick’s Athletic, Dundalk, Galway United, Cobh Ramblers, Shamrock Rovers, Kilkenny City and Cork City.
Scully said that himself and club officials were currently working on another “arrival or two”.
“At the end of last season we finished with an exceptional squad and we were grossly unlucky not to get into the premier division,” he explained.
“We are not looking to bring in too many because we are happy with what we have got. We will do some business now because we don’t want to have to do any in July, like last season when we brought in Joe Gamble, Denis Behan and Sean Kelly,” said Scully.
“When you look at this club you can see the strides that have been made by Pat O’Sullivan and all the lads. People might think that we have spent mad money but we have not. This is a really well run club and we also want to make sure that we have our own talent coming through and just look at the likes of Andrew Bhandarkar, David O’Leary, Steven McGann, Cian Collins, Barry Sheedy, Sean Brosnan all coming though.”
Scully confirmed that among the departures are Jeffrey Judge, John Frost, Peter White, Brian McCarthy and Garvan Broughall.
The fitness of both Brian O’Callaghan and Shaun Maher will be monitored through pre-season.
Ahead of the mid-March start of the First Division of the Airtricity League, Limerick already have three friendly games confirmed.
The year opens against Sligo Rovers on February 11, with Cork (February 18) and Drogheda Utd (February 25) also confirmed.
“We have a great squad and great structures in the club - the aim is to win promotion. There will be no excuses - if we will the league it will be fantastic after my three years and if not we will have failed.”
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