Limerick FC say festive farewell to Folan

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14-5-13 Limerick FC v Drogheda Utd Thomond ParkANOTHER key player from Limerick FC’s 2014 season has departed the club, with defender Stephen Folan being signed by Sligo Rovers at the weekend.

The 22-year-old Galwegian joined the Super Blues in January 2013 and was a mainstay in the first team during his two years on Shannonside. He made 60 league appearances for Limerick, scoring three times, and captained the side in a league fixture against Cork City at Thomond Park in September.

The versatile Folan was one of several players with experience of English football brought to the club by Stuart Taylor prior to Limerick’s Premier Division return two years ago. After starting out with Mervue United, Galway Hibernian and Salthill Devon, he spent four years at Newcastle United, although his time on Tyneside was tainted by injuries.

The Ireland underage international said on social media: “Firstly I would to thank Limerick FC for their time and effort they put into me as a person first and foremost, thoroughly enjoyed my time there in which I think was a productive and positive time for me, and really enjoyed the experience playing for limerick and captaining them against Cork was defiantly one of my proudest moments thus far.

“Also like to thank the fans for a positive experience and wish them nothing but the best in the near future; met some fantastic people there, and some friends and friendships for life, but now looking forward to a new chapter in my life and career with Sligo Rovers. Looking forward to getting amongst it in pre-season.”

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