Limerick have signed Cork City midfielder Shane Duggan ahead of the 2014 Airtricity League season.

Duggan has spent the last five seasons with City but the 24-year-old has now signed a two-year deal to play with his native city side Limerick.

Duggan said: “I’m delighted to sign for my hometown club. It’s something I always wanted to do but for whatever reason it hasn’t happened until now.

“I had five great seasons in the first team at Cork City and I’m grateful for everything the club did for me. I made a lot of good friends there and won a First Division title. But I’m looking forward now and hoping to push on further in my career with Limerick.

“I’ve spoken to Stuart (Taylor) about his plans and the players he is looking to bring in to add to those that are staying. Everything about the club seems very professional and I believe there are good times ahead for Limerick.

“Hopefully, in the coming season we can push on up the table. I’m already looking forward to getting started.”

Limerick boss Taylor is delighted to sign Duggan from Munster rivals Cork, saying: “Shane is a player who has impressed me this season. He is a midfield player who has a lot of energy and a lot of good attributes to his game.

“Not only is Shane a fine player, he is also a Limerick lad. We want as many local guys in the team as possible.

“Shane ticks all the boxes in what we’re looking for and that’s why I wanted to bring him to the club. We’re delighted with his addition and I look forward to working with him in the coming season.”

Over the past two seasons Duggan has started 58 of a possible 66 league games for the Turner’s Cross club, scoring nine goals.

Duggan previously spent time in England with Plymouth Argyle and had a brief spell at UCD in 2008 before moving to Cork for the following season.