Limerick add further depth with Mark O’Sullivan and returning Shaun Kelly

Limerick continue signing spree with the addition of striker Mark O’Sullivan and the return of Shaun Kelly.

Limerick FC completed their fourth and fifth signings in three days with the addition of ex-Cork City striker Mark O’Sullivan and the return of former player Shaun Kelly. 34 year-old O’Sullivan spent last season with Waterford United where he won the Airtricity League First Division title.

O’Sullivan becomes Tommy Barrett’s fourth signing since taking the reigns at Limerick under a week ago. He joins Eoin Wearen, Conor Ellis and former teammate Billy Dennehy in signing for the club. The experienced striker is the seventh ex-Cork City player to have agreed terms with the Shannonsiders ahead of the league kick-off in four weeks time.

O’Sullivan enjoyed a fairly prolific season in the first division in 2017 scoring 12 goals in 26 appearances for Alan Reynolds’ Waterford on their way to promotion. The combative striker originally made the step up to the League of Ireland with Cork City from Munster Senior League side Avondale in 2010.

However, after just two appearances, he re-signed for Avondale. After three years away, the striker joined Cork City for a second spell under John Caulfield in 2014. His goal ratio in 2014 was one in every three games as he impressed the Turners Cross crowd with his commitment and work rate.

In 2015, O’Sullivan continued his good form and netted nine goals in 28 appearances as Cork finished as runners-up to Dundalk for the second season in a row. O’Sullivan may feature in tomorrow nights friendly game with Galway United at the University of Limerick. The Cork native is sure to add much needed experience to the side and the club will be hoping he aids the development of the younger members of the squad including compatriot Conor Ellis.

Right-back Shaun Kelly returns from local Junior side Ballynanty Rovers where he spent the last 6 months since his shock departure in July. Kelly was allowed to leave by manager Neil McDonald along with Robbie Williams and Paul O’Conor. Supporters were unhappy with the decision and his return has been greeted with mass approval. The right-back position is certainly up for grabs as both Barry Cotter and Dean Clarke failed to nail down a regular place last season. The defensive area is certainly an area which needs strengthening ahead of the new season.

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