Cork City Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of Shane O’Connor.
Capped up to Under 21 level by the Republic of Ireland, O’Connor most recently played for Ipswich Town after a number of years at Liverpool.
Speaking to CorkCityFC.ie at the SilverSprings Moran Hotel this morning, the 21 year old, who can play at left back or on the left side of midfield, said: “I did have other offers, but I am very pleased to have signed for Cork City. I would know some of the players here, I played with Gearóid Morrissey at international level and obviously played with Colin Healy at Ipswich, and Colin was a big influence on my decision to sign here. I was at a few games when I was younger, before I went to England, and I am aware of the history of the club and some of the players who have played here before. I want to enjoy my football, but I’m also ambitious and I wanted to sign for a club where I believe we can challenge to win things, and I believe I can do that at Cork City.”
Cork City manager Tommy Dunne said that he was pleased to have signed O’Connor, who had been attracting significant interest from a number of other clubs: “I think we have done well in the transfer window this year. He is an exciting left footed player, and gives the team a nice balance. As a club, we are growing, we are trying to progress and get ourselves back to where we were previously but without the problems that entailed. He is direct, he is fit, he delivers the ball well from the wing, and I think he will be a good addition to our squad.”
“He’s another Cork lad, and I think that is important that we have a lot of Cork lads in the squad to have a team that the supporters can identify with. There was competition from other clubs in Ireland, so we are delighted that he has come here.”
Dunne also confirmed that Jamie Murphy and Vinny Sullivan both signed back with the club last night. Commenting on the signings, the City boss said: “I’m delighted that Vinny has signed back with us for the coming season. He did well for us last season, and continuity is important. His work rate is excellent, he’s a good trainer and a good lad around the dressing room too. He’s also a player with a lot of experience, and we are delighted to have him back.
“Jamie is another young Cork player. I think he had a bit of a rude awakening last year in terms of the demands of training and playing at senior level, and I think he has learned from that. He is left-footed, he is quick, he can score goals and he has impressed in pre-season training. With Graham leaving, there will be an opportunity for him to play a bit more, so I hope that he will make the most of the opportunity he has now.”
“We are still looking to bring one more striker in. We are looking at a number of options at the moment, and I think that will be us done then in terms of bringing players in.”