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I'll see what Taylor has to offer: Treacy

FORMER Arsenal man Shane Treacy says he'll speak to new Limerick FC manager Stuart Taylor before making any decision on his future, writes AIDAN FITZMAURICE.

Treacy (below) was one of the key players in Limerick's title-winning season last term but the 24-year-old was left in limbo as the season ended as his contract ran out. He's in Norway as part of the 17-strong squad of out-of-contract players who compete in an indoor tournament today, those Irish lads lining out against similar players from Scandinavia to catch the eye of club managers and scouts, with his own future up in the air.

"I had a call from the new Limerick manager and he wants to meet me on Saturday so I'll see what he has to offer, but if something else came out of this Norway trip I'd certainly consider it," says defender Treacy, who also had spells with Galway United and hometown club Limerick FC.

"After winning the First Division last season there are big hopes for the future in Limerick so I'd like to stay, but if another club put something on the table that came from this tournament it could be good for me.

"I have been abroad before, with my time in Arsenal, so if an offer suited me I couldn't turn it down and I'd love to play full time football again," added Treacy, who went no further than the reserves (ten appearances) in his time with the Gunners but he insists that he picked up a good education at Arsenal.

"Very few of my youth team have come though, only Kieran Gibbs from that team is in the first team now and even that's a bit of a surprise as there were others from the youth team who were tipped to make it," he says.

"I had three years at Arsenal, I went there at 15 and learned a lot, it's given me a good grounding for the rest of my career."