Three former Limerick FC players were unveiled at their new clubs over the past week ahead of the new Airtricity League season. In the case of Shane Tracy, the veteran defender has joined Limerick District League side Aisling Annacotty in a player/coach capacity.
Two of Limerick FC’s more impressive performers in recent seasons were youngsters Karl O’Sullivan and Lee Devitt and both players have sourced moves to Airtricity League Premier and First Division clubs respectively.
Winger O’Sullivan has made the long journey to Donegal to sign for Finn Harps in the Premier Division. O’Sullivan has just turned 20 years old and has already made over 50 appearances in the Airtricity League. He returns to the top flight of Irish football following a season in the First Division with his hometown club in 2019.
Speaking about the move to Finn Harps official club website, O’Sullivan stated;
“I’m delighted to sign for the club and that Ollie has given me the opportunity to play in the Premier Division again. While playing for Limerick a couple of years ago I really enjoyed the challenge. It was a difficult season for the club on and off the pitch last season but I’m excited for a fresh start.”
Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan was equally delighted with the move and said;
“Karl is a talented lad and we’re happy to have him. He gives us something different on the wing but hes well able to fill in wherever hes needed. To have over 50 appearances in the League of Ireland having just turned 20 says a lot about the ability and dedication that is there. He’s eager to get the head down now and give the Premier Division another go.”
Versatile youngster Lee Devitt has also secured a move to Cobh Ramblers ahead of the 2020 First Division campaign. Devitt had been on trial for the past few weeks with the club and impressed in a friendly against St. Patrick’s Athletic recently.
Speaking on the move to the club’s official website, Devitt has felt very welcome at St. Colman’s Park and is looking forward to continuing his Airtricity League career.
“I’m delighted to have signed with Cobh for the coming season and really can’t wait for the season to begin. The lads have been great since I arrived and I have settled in very quickly. The past few weeks have gone well and everyone is raring to go. I hope to play a big part in helping the club have a successful season this year.”
New Limerick United academy director Tommy Barrett was insistent that both players had the attitude to make seasoned Airtricity League footballers and both will begin with their new clubs on Friday February 14th.
There will be a host of Limerick natives in the league next season with trio Shane Duggan, Killian Brouder and Jack Lynch plying their trade with one of the promotion favourites in Galway United, Also, Will Fitzgerald will remain at Waterford FC for the 2020 season.