OFFICIAL: Limerick sign Dean Clarke from Shamrock Rovers

The 23-year-old striker has re-joined the Shannonsiders, while Shaun Kelly has put pen to paper on a new deal to remain at the club

Limerick have completed the signing of Dean Clarke from Shamrock Rovers ahead of the 2017 League of Ireland season.

Clarke re-joins Limerick for a second spell, having previously played for the Shannonsiders in 2015 and is hoping to hit the ground running at Markets Field on his return.

"I’m happy to be back. I obviously had a great year here. We didn’t have a great finish [suffering relegation], but I really enjoyed playing here and I thought I played some of my best football here so I’m looking forward to another year like that," Clarke told the club's official website. 

"It was a tough beginning but it was probably one of my favourite years ever in football, bar the end of it, because the team came through so well, we played some really good football. I enjoyed some of my best times here. I’m hoping I can hit the ground running when we start again."

The 23-year-old striker, who began his career at UCD, scored six goals in 32 league games for Limerick in 2015 before opting to sign for Shamrock Rovers in 2016. Despite featuring in the Europa League in 2016, Clarke found the net just three times in 29 league appearances last season.

As well as the new of Clarke's return to Limerick, the club have also confirmed that Shaun Kelly has signed a new deal to remain for another campaign. The 27-year-old Donegal native, who made 20 league appearances in 2016 as Limerick earned promotion back to the Premier Division, will enter into his seventh season on the banks of the Shannon.

Meanwhile, former Limerick defender Shane Lowth has signed for Cobh Ramblers as Stephen Henderson looks to build a squad capable of challenging for promotion from the First Division.

Cobh have also completed the signing of Republic of Ireland youth international Dean Swords from Munster Senior League outfit Ringmahon Rangers.