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Limerick continue preparations for top-flight return with signing of ex-PSG youth midfielder

Bastien Héry arrives from Accrington Stanley.

Hery in action for Carlisle against Liverpool at Anfield in the League Cup in 2015.
Hery in action for Carlisle against Liverpool at Anfield in the League Cup in 2015.
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LIMERICK HAVE CONTINUED their recruitment drive ahead of the new season with the addition of two players from overseas.

Martin Russell’s side are preparing for a return to the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division and further strengthen their squad this with the signing of French midfielder Bastien Héry.

The 24-year-old’s arrival comes less than 24 hours after the club confirmed the signing of Brazilian striker Rodrigo Tosi.

Héry moves to Limerick on the back of spells with Sheffield Wednesday, Rochdale, Carlisle United and, most recently, Accrington Stanley in England’s Football League.

The French U18 international spent four years as a youth with Paris Saint Germain before playing 17 times for the club’s second team.

Héry signed a 12-month contract with Accrington Stanley last June but had featured just twice for the League Two club this season.

The announcement of Héry’s arrival follows the capture of Tosi from Indonesian outfit Persija Jakarta and the signing of highly-rated forward Chiedozie Ogbene from Munster rivals Cork City.

Limerick, who stormed to the First Division title last year, begin their top-flight campaign against Sligo Rovers on 25 February.

Meanwhile, Waterford have completed the signing of Estonia International Sander Puri.

The 28-year-old midfielder spent the 2015 season at Sligo Rovers and returns to Ireland following spells in the Czech Republic and Estonia.

Puri scored four goals in 28 league appearances for the Bit o’ Red during his brief stint at the Showgrounds and Waterford coach Alan Reynolds described the addition as “a huge boost” for the club.

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