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Limerick unveil new boys Behan and Gamble

AMBITIOUS First Division side Limerick FC have confirmed the signings of ex-Irish U-21 and senior internationals Denis Behan and Joe Gamble in a bid to end their 17-year exile from Ireland's Premier Division.

Speaking yesterday at Thomond Park, chairman Pat O'Sullivan confirmed that the duo had put pen to paper with the Shannonsiders.

O'Sullivan also outlined the club's plans for the development of the Markets Field -- considered by many to be the spiritual home of football in Limerick -- for the start of the 2012 season.

Limerick-born Behan (27) inked a one-and-a-half year deal, while Gamble (29), who was capped twice at senior level, signed a two-and-a-half year deal, after both were released by Hartlepool United.

"We are delighted to welcome Denis and Joe to the club. It's a statement of intent and I am delighted that such high profile players see the potential that this club has to be a huge success, both on the field and as importantly, off the field within the local community," said O'Sullivan.

"We had a number of goals at the start of the season that are now coming to fruition. Firstly, we wanted to secure the Markets Field as a home for senior soccer in Limerick, which we have now been able to do due to the kind support of JP & Noreen McManus and the LEDP (Limerick Enterprise Development Programme)."

Gamble added: "I definitely feel that Limerick FC are a club that are going places. I wouldn't be here otherwise. I met them and asked them their goals and they are ambitious, that's why I'm here."

Irish Independent