O’Connell’s transfer from Austin Stacks to Limerick champions Monaleen was rubber-stamped this week by the Munster Council and the corner-forward has already trained with Maurice Horan’s county panel.
Just two months ago, the Limerick city-based garda was instrumental in Austin Stacks’ first Kerry league title in 21 years. Last year Limerick were boosted by the transfer of Tom Lee from Galway and prior to that present manager Maurice Horan transferred to the Shannonsiders from his native Mayo.
O’Connell’s competitive debut could come in the McGrath Cup on Sunday week when Limerick play UCC.
Limerick will be without a number of regulars for the clash with the students with John Galvin, Andrew Lane, Jim O’Donovan, Seanie Buckley, Stephen Kelly and Brian Scanlon all battling back from long-term injuries.
In another boost to Limerick, former captain Padraig Browne has confirmed he will return from Australia in March and will rejoin the county panel after missing 2011.