Captain Shane Duggan departs relegated Limerick for Munster rivals Waterford

Fri, Nov 30 2018

Duggan wore the armband for the last time as Limerick were relegated with a 2-0 second leg defeat to Finn Harps in this month's play-off. Credit: Michael P Ryan (ETPhotos)

Shane Duggan is looking forward to renewing his midfield partnership with Bastien Héry after the former Limerick captain put pen to paper on a deal with Waterford for 2019.

The midfielder departs Limerick after five seasons with his hometown club which saw him win the First Division title in 2016.

The 29-year-old also picked up an EA Sports Cup runners-up medal when the Super Blues were beaten 4-1 by St Patrick’s Athletic in that year’s final.

His final game for the Super Blues came in the second leg of their 3-0 aggregate play-off defeat to Finn Harps earlier this month, which saw them relegated back to the First Division. 

Duggan had a spell across the water with Plymouth Argyle but returned to Ireland in 2008 signing for UCD.

He then spent five seasons at Cork City, where he also picked up a First Division winners medal in 2011.

“I’m delighted to get the deal done. I’ve been talking to Alan [Reynolds] for a while now and it’s great to get sorted,” Duggan told the club’s website.

“It’s a massive club and a challenge I’m really looking forward to. I obviously played against Waterford last year and it’s great to be part of that now to hopefully help the club build on last season.

“I saw the quality there last season. I played with Bastien when he was at Limerick, and the team really took the league by storm with the football and the formation.

“Of course there’ll always be changes in the team from year to year so I need to hit the ground running in the pre-season and I can’t wait to get started.”

The Limerick native is the fifth player to commit to Waterford for the 2019 season with Hery, JJ Lunney, Zack Elbouzedi and Ishmahil Akinade already confirmed.