LYNCH PENS DEALS WITH HOMETOWN CLUB
Limerick FC can confirm the signing of local midfielder Lee-J Lynch from Saint Patrick’s Athletic. He has penned a permanent deal until the end of the current season.
The 22-year-old, a former Regional United youngster, joined the reigning champions at the beginning of this year having enjoyed a fine spell at Sligo Rovers.
After signing, Lee-J told LimerickFC.ie: “I’m delighted to be here. I’m looking forward to getting going. Martin (Russell) has made some really good signings and I’m hoping we can all gel with the lads that are already here and help Limerick to push up the table.
“It’s nice to be home as well. I haven’t been home since I moved to England when I was 15. It will be good to settle back into Limerick and catch up with family and friends.
“I’m really looking forward to the game on Friday. I’m delighted it has come so quick. Usually when you sign for a club it’s in the off-season so you have to wait, so to have a game a day after joining is great. Hopefully, we can get off to a winning start.”
While with the Bit O’ Red, Lynch won the Premier Division title in 2012 and followed it up with an FAI Cup winners’ medal 12 months later.
Lynch began his career with Regional United before moving to West Bromwich Albion in England at the age of 16. There, he played an important role in the youth team and progressed to play for the reserves.
In 2010, he moved to Spain and signed with the Glenn Hoddle Academy, going on to spend the season at Jerez Industrial.
The midfielder returned home to sign for Drogheda United in the 2011 July transfer window and even in a short spell he earned the supporters’ Player of the Year award.
He soon moved to Sligo and in his first season he played a key part in their first title success in 35 years, and last November he was part of the squad that captured another FAI Cup for the Showgrounds club.
The former Republic of Ireland Underage International switched to St. Pat’s for the 2014 campaign.
He leaves them in third place having appeared in 17 of their 21 league games. Ten of those were starts and he contributed three goals, all coming in wins, while he played a role in both legs of their recent UEFA Champions League tie against Legia Warsaw.
Lee-J is the nephew of former Limerick player and manager Tommy Lynch while his cousin Jack is a rising star in the Superblues Academy.
Date: Thursday 31 July 2014