New consortium Soccer Limerick have been given the green light to making a formal application for a Licence to play in eircom League Division One.

Following meetings last night of the committees represented in Soccer Limerick, each committee (the Ladies, Schoolboy/girl and Junior committees) decided to approve the application, opening the way for it to proceed formally.

Soccer Limerick also stated that the details of the application will be presented to the constituent clubs of each committee in the 'very near future'.

A press release continued: 'At that stage local clubs will have an opportunity to contribute to the overall structure and get details of the benefits that will accrue to all clubs from having a seamless transition from schoolboy/girl right up to senior soccer.'

The basis of the application is a mix of Soccer Limerick and business investors with the emphasis being on full participation by all investors.

The group hope to put in place structures that will ensure that the entirety of soccer in Limerick will be included in a cohesive whole.

They said: 'Plans are well advanced to have widespread participation in the club not only from the local soccer leagues but also from the many loyal and enthusiastic supporters of soccer in Limerick.'

If successful, Soccer Limerick hope to play out of Jackman Park, located in the in the heart of the Limerick city.

They have also extended 'open invitation to any other entities who have expressed an interest in applying for a license to contact us with a view to ensuring that whoever is successful in their application will be supported by all the other applicants.' 

The press release concluded that Soccer Limerick 'would hope that any remaining obstacles to keeping Senior soccer in Limerick are now removed and [that] the process [will] be allowed to run its course.'

Soccer Limerick are due to meet again tonight (Thursday) where it is expected that they will make a formal application for a First Division Licence.