Star man Ogbene leaves Limerick for Brentford FC

Chiedozie Ogbene's move to Brentford is a huge blow ahead of the new season. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

AHEAD OF the new SSE Airtricity League season, Limerick FC have been hit with the news that star winger Chiedozie Ogbene has left the club for English side Brentford.

Ogbene has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with the 10th placed side in the EFL Championship for an undisclosed fee.

The Nigerian born former Cork City youngster excelled with the Super Blues in his one season at the Markets Field. He played 37 times for Limerick in 2017, scoring 10 goals. 

Limerick FC announced Ogbene’s exit on Twitter, saying: “Limerick FC wish to place on record its thanks to Chiedozie for his professionalism, commitment and hard work during his time at the club, and wish him every success with Brentford.

“We would also like to thank Brentford for their professionalism and assistance in our dealings.”

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Ogbene also released a statement on social media that read:

Brentford head coach Dean Smith said: “We have been monitoring Chiedozie for quite a while and we like what he can bring.

“He came over to train with us and we could see that his personality and character ticked all the boxes for us. We are looking forward to working with him and seeing how he develops.”

Ogbene joins Irish internationals John Egan and Alan Judge at Griffin Park.

Barry Cotter has also left the club as he has moved to another EFL Championship side, Ipswich Town, for an undisclosed fee.

Cotter, who played both right-back and centre-half for the Super Blues, had been on trial with the Mick McCarthy managed club. He has signed a contract with The Tractor Boys that runs until 2021.

Elsewhere in matters Limerick FC, Dave Rooney has been announced as the club’s women’s manager for the coming season.

In a Facebook post yesterday, the club confirmed his appointment: “Limerick FC are delighted to announce Dave Rooney as manager of our new Women’s National League team.

“Rooney has been working with Nenagh for the past ten years, and has been involved with the Irish international setup. We are thrilled to welcome Dave to Limerick and wish him all the best in his role.”