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Horan delight as Kerryman O'Connell joins Treaty ranks

LIMERICK football manager Maurice Horan has confirmed the addition of Kerry native Graham O'Connell to his squad for the 2012 campaign.

O'Connell's transfer from Austin Stacks in the Kingdom to Limerick outfit Monaleen was confirmed on Wednesday evening and the 24-year-old attacker was due to make his Shannonside debut against Cork IT in a challenge match last night.

O'Connell's competitive debut could come against UCC in the McGrath Cup on Sunday weekat Mick Neville Park.

O'Connell, a Limerick city-based Garda, played against the Shannonsiders in 2007 and '08 when he featured for IT Tralee in the McGrath Cup.

He should prove a useful addition to Limerick -- the corner- forward, a noted free-taker, bagged five points for Austin Stacks in their Kerry Division 1 League final victory over Dingle last November.

Horan has received another boost with the news that former captain Padraig Browne, who has been in Australia since 2010, will return to the county squad in March.

Commenting on O'Connell's move, Horan reflected: "We'll have a look at him in the McGrath Cup and challenge matches and see how he gets on. I'm looking forward to seeing how he gets on."

Horan has also confirmed that dual star Stephen Lucey, who will not be part of John Allen's hurling squad this year, has committed to the football panel.

"He's a big addition with the amount of experience he possesses," Horan said.

"He keeps himself in fantastic shape and has a huge desire to play inter-county."

Fellow dual players James Ryan and Mark O'Riordan have committed to the hurling squad for 2012.

Horan is confident that midfielder John Galvin, on the road to recovery following cruciate knee ligament damage, could feature before the end of the Allianz NFL campaign.

Irish Independent