NEWCASTLE West have been rewarded for their Limerick SFC success with a host of their players called into the county football panel and Iain Corbett confirmed as the new captain.
Twenty three year old Corbett will replace Seanie Buckley as captain for John Brudair’s Limerick side in 2016.
Dromcollogher-Broadford’s Buckley captained Limerick for the last three seasons and also for the 209-10 seasons.
Corbett is entering his fifth season on the county senior panel - he made his debut in 2012 as a teenager.
Vice-captains will be Ian Ryan (St Senans) and Gearoid Hegarty (St Patricks).
The Limerick senior football panel commenced 2016 preparations in the past week.
While the panel is still open-ended, back into the inter-county set-up are experienced duo Stephen Kelly and Paudie Browne.
Browne played every minute of the league campaign last season at centre back but then emigrated to Dubai and missed the championship. Limerick captain back in 2007, Browne returned to Limerick in last Summer and lined out with Fr Caseys in their final round group game in the Limerick SFC and their quarter-final defeat to Ballylanders.
Kelly was selected in the Limerick panel last season but injury prevented him from reached full fitness. However he form in Newcastle West’s Limerick SFC winning side has seen him link back up with the county panel.
Limerick’s first Allianz League game in 2016 will be home to Tipperary on January 31. Limerick have four home games and three away - Longford (away, February), Clare (home, February 28), Kildare (away, March 6), Westmeath (home, March 12), Sligo (away, March 27), Offaly (home, April 3).
In the Munster SHC, Limerick have been drawn to play Clare in the provincial quarter final. The game will take place in the Gaelic Grounds, with Kerry awaiting the winner in Killarney.