Conor Clifford signs for Limerick
Article by Kieran Burke - @KieranBTS.
Having recently completed a six-month blanket football ban for breach of betting rules during his time in English football, speculation regarding Conor Clifford's next club had been rife up until earlier this Tuesday afternoon as Limerick FC announced they had indeed won the battle to sign the former Chelsea youngster.
Most recently on the books of Stephen Kenny's mighty Dundalk, Clifford made just seventeen appearances with the majority of those coming in the EA and Leinster Senior Cups. Speaking recently on LOI weekly, Clifford admitted his fitness levels were not as high as they should have been when he returned from England, where his final club was non-league outfit, Boreham Wood.
Having fallen from the highs of captaining Chelsea's youth team to cup success to the lower reaches of England's non-league, questions are always likely to be asked regarding Clifford's ability and if the midfielder can deliver in the top-flight of Irish football, a considerably better standard than what Boreham Wood play at. However, aged just twenty-six but with bags and bags of experience under his belt, Limerick FC manager, Tommy Barrett will be hoping Clifford can add to what is already a relatively veteran filled dressing room.
The likes of Darren & Billy Dennehy, Mark O'Sullivan, Shane Tracy and Shaun Kelly have played a huge role in the Munster clubs better than expected start to the season, with Barrett's men sitting eight points clear of the drop zone despite being everyone's favorites for relegation this season alongside current bottom club, Bray Wanderers.
Shortly after the deal to bring Clifford to the Market Fields was announced, the Dublin native tweeted his delighted on putting pen to paper with the "Super Blues".
Clifford, who is available for selection straight away at his new club, will wear the number twelve shirt with Saturday's huge relegation six-pointer at home to Sligo Rovers the first opportunity Limerick supporters will get to grab a glimpse of their new hero.
Speaking to Limerickfc.ie, Tommy Barrett had this to say on his latest signing:
“We are delighted to have Conor on board. He is a good signing. We have a light squad and when a player of Conor’s ability becomes available it is great to be able to have him. Hopefully he can kick-start his career again from here.
“He is a good midfielder. He is technically very good and energetic, and we believe he can chip in with some goals as well. We’re looking forward to working with him. He will come into contention straight away.”