Limerick sign Mick Leahy from UCD

The 24-year-old defender has agreed a one-year deal which will see him line out for the Shannonsiders in 2014
Limerick FC have confirmed the signing of defender Michael Leahy for the 2014 League of Ireland season.

The 24-year-old moves from UCD, where he was club captain under manager Martin Russell. Leahy admits that he is sad to leave the Students, but feels the time is right to move on. “I’m delighted to be here," Leahy told Limerick's official website. "I’ve been in discussions with the club now for a couple of weeks so it’s great to finally have things signed and sealed I’m looking forward to pre-season now.

"UCD has become my home. I had been there for five years so it’s tough leaving somewhere you’ve got used to and you have a lot of friends and there are a lot of good people you’ve met.

"But I think I just needed a fresh challenge and it was time for me to make the next step in my football career and I’m happy I’m here to do that. The manager [Martin Russell] was very good to me and taught me a lot. But, as I say, it was just time to move on and time to maybe move up to the next level and push myself a bit more."

Shannonsiders manager Stuart Taylor spoke of his delight at signing Leahy, who had been with UCD since 2009. “I’m over the moon with the signing,” Taylor told the club's official website. “Michael is someone who has been of interest to me. It has just been unfortunate that he was injured at the start of the season but he came back in towards the latter part and I was impressed by him.

“I had seen him the season before and he always came across to me as being a player that was very comfortable on the ball, really composed on it and had a good choice of passes and a good knowledge about the game.

“Over and above that, he’s a leader as well. He’s got those leadership qualities and it’s something that I’m looking to bring to the football club. I’m really happy with the signing.”