JJ Lunney extends stay at Shels

Shelbourne Football Club is this evening delighted to announce that JJ Lunney has extended his stay at Tolka Park beyond the end of 2024 by signing a new contract.

The midfielder joins Mark Coyle, Sean Boyd, Conor Kearns and Gavin Molloy in signing up for next season. The club also retains the option to extend the deal for a further year.

Lunney joined the Reds in 2021 and has gone on to make 68 appearances in the League of Ireland, scoring 3 goals for Shels. His most recent, a stunning strike against UCD at the Belfield Bowl in a comfortable 4-0 win for the Reds.

The 25-year-old’s fine recent form has been rewarded with an early extension of his contract with the club. 

A tidy and technical player, known for his ability on the ball, Lunney has been an ever-present under Reds boss Damien Duff, starting 21 games this season and putting in a string of fine performances in the heart of midfield.

He made 25 appearances last season, including 19 starts as the Reds finished 7th in the league and made it to the FAI Cup final.

He was part of the team that got Shels back to the Premier Division in 2021, winning the first division title under Ian Morris, playing 20 times that season.

Before joining the Reds, the Dubliner played with Waterford, Bohemian FC and St Pats.

Damien Duff, Head Coach, Shelbourne FC said: “It is brilliant news that JJ has signed back for 2024. He is a beautiful player to watch and brings a real calmness to our play that staff and players appreciate. He has played a massive part in the last 18 months and he will continue to do so. He has had a few clubs in the League of Ireland, but this is his home”

JJ Lunney said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have extended my stay at Tolka Park. Shelbourne is a club that holds a special place in my heart, and I am honoured to represent the club, it’s a massive privilege for me. I want to thank the manager and the staff and the supporters too for backing me, I am eager to contribute to our future successes. Together, we have an ambitious group and we have aims for this season, I am looking forward to the challenges ahead and trying to make a positive contribution”

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