Limerick have announced the addition of Paul O’Conor to their ranks ahead of the 2015 season.
Limerick finished in sixth place last season, just two points off Sligo Rovers in fifth. However, the gap from fifth to fourth was a massive 19 points where Shamrock Rovers finished.
The addition of the 27-year-old midfielder should aid Limerick’s chances of finishing higher up the table next term.
O’Conor has plenty of League of Ireland experience, having played with Drogheda United and UCD also, before making the move to Sligo Rovers ahead of the 2014 season.
Speaking to limerickfc.ie, O’Conor had this to say,
“I’m really looking forward to coming down to Limerick and helping the club push on the next level. They had some really impressive results in the second half of the season once Martin had come in as manager and I’m sure we will be looking to improve and target the European places next season.
When Martin called me to sign with Limerick it really wasn’t a tough decision as I spent two and half years with Martin at UCD. I’m well aware of what he expects from players and the type of football his teams play so I am really excited about the opportunity to work with him again.”
Commenting on their new signing, manager Martin Russell said,
“I’m delighted to welcome Paul to the club for the coming season. Paul is an all round midfielder who can both get forward and offer a keen defensive side to his game. Having worked with Paul previously I’ve no doubt he will be a huge success and a player the fans will really appreciate throughout the season.”
The return to Limerick’s ‘traditional home’ at Markets Field was also something O’Conor looks forward to ahead of next year.
“I played in Thomond Park the last couple of seasons and while it’s a magnificent stadium it probably lacked that bit of atmosphere due to its size. The Markets Field has great tradition and history and the smaller nature of the ground should make for a much better atmosphere. With the fans behind us in the club’s traditional home I’m sure our home games will be exciting occasions in 2015 and beyond.”
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena