Limerick FC have completed the signing of Daniel Kearns from Sligo Rovers for the upcoming 2018 season. Kearns signed the new deal at Limerick’s training base in Bruff this afternoon. The winger spent the 2017 season at rivals Sligo Rovers.
In 2007 Kearns signed for West Ham United and after three years in the academy, he returned to Ireland and signed for Dundalk. He impressed massively upon his return, making 37 appearances and contributing four goals. After a strong end to the season, Daniel earned a quick return to England when he signed for Peterborough United who were then plying their trade in the English championship.
He only managed 32 appearances for Peterborough in a three year spell as he struggled to establish himself in the squad. A number of loan spells at York, Rotherham and Chesterfield occurred during his time with the Posh.
Since his return to Ireland in 2016, Kearns admits that he has failed to reach a high performance level. Still only 26 years old, he is hoping the move to Shannonside will help him to re-create his pre-2012 form which earned him the move to England. Speaking to the club’s official website, the former West Ham man said:
“I think it has (been a while since hitting top form), if I’m being honest with myself. It has been a sort of up and down last couple of years. I don’t think I’ve hit my peak fitness or my peak form for the last couple of years. Touch wood, that’s behind me.”
Kearns has featured at the Markets Field for Sligo on two occasions and he is impressed with his new home venue.
“It’s a great setup and a lovely pitch. I’m looking forward to playing hopefully a load of games on it next year. I’m looking forward to getting down for pre-season, keeping myself fit and helping the team as much as I can.”
Kearns is the third new addition to the Limerick squad along with Danny Morrissey and Cian Coleman. All three players have a point to prove which will hopefully help the club this season.