Limerick bolster defensive ranks with addition of Cecil Nyoni

The highly-rated defender will give manager Stuart Taylor further options at the back during the final third of the season after completing his move to Thomond Park from England
Limerick FC have completed the signing of Zimbabwean centre-back Cecil Nyoni from Championship club Nottingham Forest while Robbie Williams has extended his contract with the club until the end of the 2014 season.

20-year-old Nyoni has been closely monitored by Blues manager Stuart Taylor having had a trial with the club last February but a deal failed to materialise as the club opted to sign Aaron Brown instead.

However, the Scottish tactician was impressed with what he saw from the defender and finally secured his signature ahead of the final set of Airtricity League fixtures.

“He’s a young centre back and has a good education in football in the UK, we knew all about him, I had him in at the start of the season back in February and he just lost out because of budget at the time as another deal had just been done.” Taylor explained to the club's official website.

“I told him that I’d keep an eye on him and to keep me posted on his progress until the transfer window and we’re delighted to get him back over here. He’ll go into the squad on Friday, so there’s good competition for places.” he concluded.

Nyoni was previously on the books at Sheffield Wednesday where he made a handful of first team appearances including a senior debut against Blackpool in the League Cup live on Sky Sports.

Loan spells at Boston United and Frickley Athletic followed before he secured a permanent move to the City Ground during the 2012-13 season but failed to break into the first-team.

Speaking on his move to Ireland, Nyoni expressed his delight; “I was here in February and unfortunately I came too late to be part of his plans at the start of the season, I was happy to come in now. I’m looking forward to playing some first team football and paying back the faith Stuart has shown in me.”

Meanwhile, the Shannonsiders have announced that defender that Robbie Williams has extended his contract with the club until the end of the 2014 season. The Yorkshire native joined the Superblues before the 2013 season and has been an everpresent in the Limerick back four during the current campaign.

Speaking on the new deal, Taylor said “We’re delighted to have Robbie tied down for next season already. He’s been a strong steadying influence across the back for us this season, he’s a leader on and off the pitch and he’s been a great pro in terms of his interaction with the younger players, helping their progress.”