League of Ireland Player of the Week: Craig Curran - Limerick

The English striker was the main attacking threat for the Shannonsiders as they earned a hard-fought victory over their Munster rivals at Thomond Park

Position Striker
Age 23
Nationality English
Appearances 19
Goals 6
Cards 4
After nearly two decades outside the Premier Division, it was not surprising that many believed Limerick would make an instant return to the second tier of Irish football at the end of this season. However, manager Stuart Taylor and his side have gone about their business often quietly but more importantly effectively.

Friday's 2-1 victory over Munster rivals Cork City consolidated the Blues' mid-table position while creating further daylight between themselves and the six clubs potentially facing a nail-biting relegation dogfight. Their squad may not contain high-profile, experienced names but there is no doubting the quality of player which the Scottish manager has brought to Thomond Park this year.

One of the manager's first acts as Limerick boss was securing the signature of striker Craig Curran, an unknown quantity from across the water who had been without a club following his release from Rochdale. But the 23-year-old has taken to his new surroundings and adapted to the style of play in Ireland like a duck to water and further enhanced his growing reputation with a match-winning display on Friday. Curran caused a leaky Cork defence problems all evening as he showed great pace, skill and ingenuity throughout the fiery encounter.

Just like his side's progress this campaign, the Liverpool-born forward had gone under the radar this term but is quickly grabbing attention and the headlines. He was desperately unlucky not to open the scoring at Thomond Park on Friday but for a wonder-save by Mark McNulty in the first half but the Rebels shot stopper could do little about Curran's sublime 35-yard strike which opened the scoring after 56 minutes.

The former Tranmere Rovers striker has made a serious impression since arriving in Ireland, so much so that the Limerick board were quick to offer him a contract on a permanent basis despite speculation he could make a return to England with a couple of clubs sniffing around for his signature. Curran has started nineteen of Limerick's 21 league games this season and has netted six times as he continues to form a formidable partnership with Axel Bossekota.

While he may not have found the net on as many occasions as he would have liked since making the move from League Two, Curran has brought a lot more than goals to the Blues. Often the focal point of the attack, he causes all sorts of problems to the opposition defence and uses his experience and knowledge to great effect as he and Limerick continue to excel and propel themselves up the standings.