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Five Clare footballers have been included in the first Treaty Utd squad that will compete in the 2021 Airtricity League First Division.

On Saturday last, Treaty Utd were given the green light to line out in the League of Ireland. Financial issues prompted Limerick FC’s exit from the Airtricity League last season with Treaty Utd given the nod to replace them ahead of Shamrock Rovers’ second string.

Treaty were founded in 2020 and already have a senior side in the Women’s National League. Ex Limerick FC boss Tommy Barrett takes charge of Treaty Utd’s first foray into the LOI and he has enlisted the services of five Clare players as part of their endeavour.

Former Athlone Town and Limerick FC netminder Shane Cusack departs Newmarket Celtic to join the Shannonsiders. He was previously part of the underage ranks with Colchester FC but since returning to his native club collected Premier Division and Clare Cup titles. Cusack had been one of the top performers for both club and county over the past three seasons.

Three months on from his departure from Galway Utd, Shannon’s Jack Lynch has signed for Treaty. He is viewed as a key signing in Barrett’s defence following his First Division success with Waterford FC in 2017. Jack is the son of Shrewsbury Town great Tommy Lynch.

Ennis native Kieran Mahony who was top scorer of the 2019 CDSL Premier Division has also put pen to paper on a deal with the Limerick outfit. Mahony has represented his county at underage level before his breakout season with Newmarket Celtic resulted in an Oscar Traynor call-up.

Two-time Oscar Traynor medallist, Joe Collins who also left The Tribesmen at the same time as Lynch has joined forces with Treaty Utd. The ex Ennis Town player featured for Galway District League Premier Division side West United prior to first appearing in the League of Ireland.

A pivotal figure in the engine room of the Newmarket Celtic A team for the past two seasons, Callum McNamara has been rewarded with a move to the League of Ireland. A past pupil of St Caimins Community School, McNamara has lined out at all levels for his county.

Former Clare Oscar Traynor boss Mick Shiel who more recently was in charge of Pike Rovers has been named as Barrett’s strength and conditioning coach.

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