LIMERICK FC have been boosted by the re-signing of both full-back Shane Tracy and goalkeeper Freddy Hall on new two year contracts.
Hall and Tracy join Shaun Kelly, Paudie O’Connor, Seán McSweeney and Killian Brouder who were already under contract with Limerick FC for the 2016 season.
The news is a major boost for Martin Russell’s side as they contemplate life in the First Division following their relegation from their recent top flight.
The Blues were relegated from the Premier Division after three seasons following their 2-1 aggregate defeat to Finn Harps in their play-off.
Twenty seven-year-old Limerick native Shane Tracy said he was delighted to have penned his new two year deal so soon after the completion of the 2015 League of Ireland season.
“I’m delighted to have signed and get it done so early,” Shane Tracy said.
“It shows intent from the club. I’m really excited to get the head down come January and focus on getting us back up.
“Nearly every player in the league is in the same situation; you hope to get sorted as soon as you can. It gives you security and that’s great to have. It puts your mind at ease and you can concentrate on getting yourself right and fit for pre-season.
“It’s a big disappointment to be in the First Division. Nobody gave us a chance mid-season and to lose it in the last game was disappointing.
“But we need to stick together as a group of players and as a club and bounce back. We were there long enough. We’ll have experienced players but it won’t be an easy task. But everybody is hungry to do it.
“We want to put in a massive push to get back up. We know the support is there having seen it over recent months. We will get the head down and work as hard as we can.
“It all comes down to starting the season well. We turned a lot of heads come the end of the season. Whatever it is about the Markets Field it brought a lot more people out; it’s a good venue to play football in and people enjoy going there.”