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Scully: 'We will do okay' as Limerick end exodus

PAT SCULLY says that his Limerick side will be an addition to the Premier Division next season after the side finally ended their 18-year stay outside of the top flight.

Limerick were guaranteed promotion without kicking a ball on Friday night as defeat for Waterford United to Mervue United meant that the Shannonsiders could not be overtaken at the top, so Limerick's game against Longford Town on Saturday, a 2-0 win, was a night of celebration for the club.

Fans have endured a long stint in the second tier as Limerick have not been in the top division since 1994 and boss Scully says that the club deserve a place in the elite.

"It's a Premier Division club," said the former Shamrock Rovers boss. "I think if you look at some of the young players we have coming through, they are outstanding. We will do okay in the Premier but if we want to make a statement we have to improve.

"I'm just delighted to be here. When I think about, when I first came here four years ago people asked, 'What are you going there for?' But I like to be honest with people and I think it's turned out to be a good move. It's a great achievement for the players and they thoroughly deserve to enjoy it.

"It's great for the club to be back up after 18 years. I think Limerick will be an addition to the Premier Division," added Scully.

One concern for Limerick is the state of their home ground as the club have used Jackman Park for the last number of years, but that ground is nowhere near the standard demanded for Premier Division football. The club had planned to return to the Market's Field, Limerick football's traditional home, and club chairman Pat O'Sullivan says that the venue will be ready for kick-off in March of next year, even though planning permission has yet to be granted for the work needed.

"With all due respect, people would be entitled to object but we don't anticipate any problems," says O'Sullivan. "It's not exactly a controversial project and people are excited about the club getting back there; it will be very good for the city."