Goalkeeper Freddy Hall says he “wanted to stay more than anything”, after agreeing terms on a two-year deal with Limerick where he hopes to quickly take care of “unfinished business”.
The 30-year-old Bermudan International was a key figure in the Shannonsiders’ brave attempt to avoid relegation, where they gathered 23 points in their final 12 games to move off the bottom of the Premier Division table, only to fall at the final hurdle in the playoff.
But the former Toronto stopper enjoyed his time so much with Limerick that he wants to help them bounce back to the top flight at the first time of asking, and he believes they have a strong chance of doing so if they can keep the “core group together”.
Hall – whose performances earned him the club’s Player of the Month award in September – flies out on Thursday morning for a well-earned break and he was delighted to secure a new deal before jetting off.
“It feels good to be staying on,” Freddy told LimerickFC.ie. “We did well in the second half of the season and we feel there is unfinished business, especially after the way it ended.
“My agents, advisors and I talked about it and I wanted to stay here more than anything. I had other offers but I have really enjoyed my time here. It’s a good group and working with Eddie (Hickey – goalkeeping coach) has been really enjoyable.
“The run we went on was amazing. People couldn’t have thought we would do that. We put in so much hard work and we were gutted we couldn’t complete the job in the end.
“The supporters have been unbelievable. The Markets Field has been great for us and the support we had there and away from home was tremendous. We can’t take that for granted.”
Limerick’s three-year stay in the Premier Division came to an end with their extra-time defeat by Finn Harps last Friday, but Hall is determined to ensure they recover their top-flight status immediately.
“We want to bounce back straight away,” Freddy stated. “That’s what we are aiming to do; we gelled well and if we can keep the core group together then I think we are well capable of doing it.”
Shaun Kelly, Paudie O’Connor, Seán McSweeney and Killian Brouder are already under contract for the 2016 season.
Date: Wednesday 11 November 2015