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No regrets for Hall over move to Limerick

Man on a mission: Hall has lent a helping hand to relegation battlers Limerick

Freddy Hall, the Bermuda goalkeeper, insists he has no regrets about joining Irish side Limerick despite having options to stay in English football.

Hall has played four games for the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division side with his presence in goal coinciding with an upturn in results for the league’s basement dwellers.

Limerick had failed to win any of their 18 league matches when Hall arrived at the club, but have since picked up two victories, including Hall keeping a clean sheet in his debut against Derry City and making some tremendous saves in a remarkable 4-3 win over Bohemians, as they strive to avoid relegation.

The 30-year-old, who has been out of contract since the end of last season, said he was relishing his Irish experience and had been made to feel welcome by his new team-mates and the club’s coaching staff.

“The guys are really welcoming and it has been an easy transition,” said Hall, who captained Bermuda in the away leg of their second-round World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala in June.

“I was actually on a summer break from England, playing a few World Cup qualifiers, and after I finished that, I took a few weeks off and my agent [Dan Chapman] told me of an opportunity in Ireland.

“I had a few options in England that I could have pursued, but I wanted to experience something different. I saw the opportunity here and just took it.”

Hall, who suffered relegation from the Vanarama National League last season with Telford United, said he was determined to help Limerick avoid the drop to the First Division.

“I wouldn’t say [being bottom of the division] put me off, but it made me look at things and evaluate certain options,” said the former Toronto FC goalkeeper.

“But coming to the team, you wouldn’t have noticed that they were bottom of the table because the spirit was so high.

“Speaking to the manager [Martin Russell] and the chairman [Patrick O’Sullivan], they had a future plan and you could see it slowly getting better and better.”

Limerick, who are four points adrift of Sligo Rovers in the relegation play-off spot, are away at Munster rivals Cork City tonight.