By Jonny Stapleton
Limerick FC manager Stuart Taylor revealed he scoured the Junior Soccer Leagues for talent over the last year and expressed his delight after his search unearthed Ballynanty Rovers midfielder Jason Hughes.
In a bid to bolster his squad the manager of the League of Ireland outfit turned his attentions to the Junior Soccer leagues. As a result a number of local prospects and Junior Soccer stand out stars were offered trails with the ‘Super Blues’, but so far only Hughes has put pen to paper and signed for the Premier Division side.
Pike Rovers’ players Pa Mullins and John Tierney and Carew Park’s John Boyle’s playing credentials were also inspected by the Limerick management team, but Taylor admits Hughes, a former Athlone Town and Limerick 37 player, stood out ‘head and shoulders’ above the rest.
Speaking after acquiring the services of the former Janesboro player Taylor said,
“I brought in a lot of trialists from the junior level and he stood out head and shoulders above everybody else in terms of hunger, desire, passion, commitment and quality on the ball. We felt he was a player that certainly could add something to the squad and we were delighted to have secured him.”
Meanwhile, a delighted Hughes took time to reflect on what obviously a happy time with Ballynanty Rovers.
“I’m delighted I got offered a contract with Limerick FC. It’s a bittersweet feeling though, delighted I got a contract but I’m raging to be leaving Ballynanty Rovers FC, great bunch of lads and a fantastic club, I really will miss putting in the Balla jersey, who know’s, I might be back again.”