Signing: “Cian Has A Lot Of Potential” – McDonald

Energetic midfielder Cian Coleman has become Limerick FC’s first addition of the off-season, with manager Neil McDonald saying he is “looking forward to working with” a player he says has “a lot of potential”.

Photo: Cian (second left) pictured celebrating after scoring for Cork City Under-19s against Limerick at Hogan Park in September 2015.

Coleman was a key figure in Cork City’s successful Under-19 side – which also featured one of Limerick’s standout performers in the past season, Chiedozie Ogbene – winning two leagues and a Cup while he captained them in their UEFA Youth League ties against HJK Helsinki and AS Roma.

The young midfielder – who will turn 21 on New Year’s Day – also enjoyed first-team action at Turner’s Cross, but departed for Cobh Ramblers at the beginning of this year to gain more experience, which he did as they finished runners-up to Waterford.

Coleman started the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup first-round tie against Limerick in August and, in that game and previous ones as McDonald checked out the opposition, he “impressed” the boss enough to earn a move to Shannonside.

“We are pleased to have signed Cian and we welcome him to Limerick,” McDonald said. “I watched Cian in a couple of games in the past season, and in the Cup game against us, and I was impressed with some of the attributes he displayed in those performances.

“He has good pedigree. He went from Cork City to Cobh Ramblers to get more first-team football; he had a good season there, they finished second in the league and he played in nearly all of their games. He is a player with a lot of potential and we are looking forward to working with him.”

Coleman was part of the Cork Under-19 setup between 2013 and 2016, last year captaining them in their four legs against HJK Helsinki and AS Roma in the UEFA Youth League. He was also part of the sides that won two league titles and the 2016 Enda McGuill Cup, which he skippered them to.

Coleman’s performances earned him his Premier Division debut in August 2015 as he made a late appearance, replacing Kevin O’Connor, in a win over Saint Patrick’s Athletic at Turner’s Cross. Cian also made two league outings late in the 2016 campaign, replacing Seán Maguire in one of those, as Cork finished second.

The 20-year-old transferred to Cobh for the 2017 season to enjoy more senior action, and that he did, making 23 league appearances in their 28-game campaign – netting four goals – as they finished runners-up in the First Division behind Waterford, with Cian’s energetic and determined midfield displays catching the eye of many.

Date: Monday 6 November 2017