Treaty United manager Tommy Barrett says the Limerick club need to know soon whether they will be part of the SSE Airtricity First Division this year.

The fixtures for the 2021 season were confirmed today, with one vacant place for a club awaiting a licence.

Treaty are believed to be the frontrunners to replace Shamrock Rovers B as the tenth team but, for now, they are in limbo.

"Hopefully we can get in. We just need to know," Barrett, who managed the now defunct Limerick FC in 2019, told the RTÉ Soccer podcast.

"Even in today's announcement, it doesn’t clarify what date people are going to find out.

"The lack of communication and clarity is the problem. I know the FAI have a tough job on their hands, and they have to go through due process, but for all the stakeholders we need to clarify the date.

"It’s getting closer now, it starts on 27 March and you have to put a team together and get training.

"When there is no clarity, rumours start and that creates a toxic environment. That’s not good.

"Let this be the last year this happens. It can’t keep happening all the time.

"We have to build a stronger league and to do that there has to be clear communication to everyone. It has to improve."

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Barrett says that if Treaty United are admitted they will be "an amateur team in a professional league" but even putting a putting a squad together is "on hold".

"Can you sign amateur players now is the other question?

"We’re waiting on a few answers and it still seems to be up in the air.

"We have kit and all that type of stuff lined up but I can’t get players back training until we officially know that we’re in.

"At this moment, everyone else is back training now so we’re going to be two to three weeks behind if we get in.

"That’s not good for the league. You need a competitive team going in there and we need to be training as soon as possible."

"We have the pick of Clare, North Tipp, some parts of Kerry and Cork. We should be able to compete at a decent level if we get the structures right"

Treaty United will mostly train and play at the Market's Field and Barrett doesn’t expect Friday night fixtures to be a problem despite their amateur status. 

The club have senior women's, academy and underage teams and Barrett will likely take charge of the U19s if the application to join the First Division doesn’t work out.

"I’ll be helping out with the off the field stuff as well," he said. "Giving some guidance around where we can grow that and get a sustainable model in Limerick and not have the turbulence we’ve had for the last I don’t know how long.

"Obviously, there have been some good times in the last few years with Limerick FC but we have to build a strong underage structure down here where we can start producing players from the region, and there is a big enough region to do that."

"We have the pick of Clare, North Tipp, some parts of Kerry and Cork. We should be able to compete at a decent level if we get the structures right."

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