Limerick FC manager Tommy Barrett added to the squad on Friday evening as the club completed the signings of Jason Hughes and Sean McSweeney from local clubs Ballynanty Rovers and Regional United.
Hughes has spent the last two seasons with Donal Magee’s Ballynanty team and the central midfielder was captain of the northside outfit. He is no stranger to the Airtricity League as he first signed for Limerick FC in 2008 at the age of 18 under Mike Kerley. In 2010, Hughes joined Athlone Town on loan from the Super Blues.
Hughes returned to his hometown senior club in 2015 and played in a number of positions under Martin Russell including right-back. Midway through the 2015 season, Hughes transferred to Sligo Rovers under the guidance of one of the great League of Ireland midfielders Joesph N’do. It is Hughes third spell at the club and he is currently one of just two central midfielders by trade in the Limerick squad for the new campaign.
Sean McSweeney returns to the club following a brief spell with Regional. McSweeney was with the under-19s side for a few years before appearing from the substitutes bench on a few occasions during the club’s first division title winning season in 2016.
Hughes and McSweeney’s additions bring the squad number up to 15 ahead of the new season with other local players also currently training with the club. Limerick face Cork City in UCC today with a 2pm kick off.
The club also stated their thanks to both Regional and Ballynanty for their co-operation during the transfer deals. “The club would also like to say thank you to both Regional Utd and Ballynanty Rovers, along with the LDMC who helped and supported the smooth process of both Jason and Sean’s transfers. We wish both clubs the very best of luck in their seasons.”