Striker Vinny Faherty and winger Ian Turner have departed Limerick FC, choosing to remain in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division by returning to their hometown clubs.
The forward duo were influential in the Shannonsiders’ memorable run-in and between them netted 21 goals over the course of the season as the Great Escape just fell short at the final hurdle.
The pair also won Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland (SWAI) monthly awards, Faherty in August and Turner in October. It was just the third time that the club had won the accolade twice in one season, joining Eoin Hand and Brendan Storan in 1979/80 and Al Finucane and Tommy Gaynor in 1984/85.
Faherty had joined Limerick at the beginning of last season having won promotion with Galway United and he now returns to Eamonn Deacy Park, penning a two-year deal on Thursday, after finishing as the Blues’ top scorer with 12.
After signing, Vinny, 28, said: “This was the hardest decision I’ve had to make in football.” He added on Instagram, accompanied by a team photo: “What a group. I will miss ye boys. Thank you to everyone at or involved with Limerick for everything.”
Turner, 26, arrived on Shannonside in July 2014 on-loan from Cork City before making the deal permanent ahead of this term. Now, he returns to his native Leeside, inking his contract on Wednesday.
Afterwards, Ian tweeted: “I would like to thank everyone at Limerick for the past two seasons. Really enjoyed my time and met some incredible people. Thanks to everyone for their support and best wishes. Gonna miss a lot of people there especially the players, coaching staff and everyone involved in the club. Ye know who ye are.”
Limerick FC thank Vinny and Ian for their time at the club and wish both the best of luck in the future.
Date: Friday 4 December 2015