Cork City Football Club is delighted to announce that Garry Buckley has signed a two-year contract with the club.
The midfielder has made over 80 league appearances for the club since making his debut in 2012, and told CorkCityFC.ie that he is looking to win trophies: “There was no question really for me about signing back. As soon as John said it to me a month or two ago, there was no reason why I wouldn’t. I think we have unfinished business from the last two years; I think we have progressed well and it is time to start winning things.
“Last year was a bit up and down. We progressed in the Cup and got to the final, but it was disappointing not to win. In the League, it was over a few weeks before the end compared to bringing it to the final day last season, but this year is a big year and we want to improve. Dundalk have set the bar and hopefully we can catch them.
“Playing for Cork City is what I always wanted to do. We are itching to win silverware because this is a massive club and it needs to be winning things. Although we haven’t won anything, we have improved massively in the last two years and we are looking to kick on even more next year. John (Caulfield) is like myself; we are winners, we want to win trophies and medals. When you look back on your career, you want to look back at what you have won and that is what we want to do.”
Cork City boss John Caulfield said that the 22-year-old now has the experience to make a consistent impact for the club, commenting: “Garry is one of our own. He has come through the youth system and, since he has broken into the first team over the last three years, he has progressed year on year.
“He has played in the region of eighty or ninety games and he is no longer a young boy anymore. He has a fair bit of experience and the biggest challenge for him now is to be consistent and deliver week-in, week-out. His ability is fantastic, he has pace, strength, he’s brilliant in the air, he’s a good passer and he can score goals.”
He continued: “You need energy, you need legs; obviously you still need a certain amount of experience but Garry has been in the league three years and he is at an age now where he needs to be in the team every week and be performing consistently at the highest level. We see him every day at training and his ability is fantastic, but to win a league or another competition, you have to perform at the highest level regularly. Overall, in the two years I have been here, he has been brilliant for me and he has done excellently for the club.
“He has been in the first team squad for three or four years, he has come out of the youths set up and he is a great example to young players coming through. The big thing for him now is to go on and win trophies for this club, which is the ultimate goal for him. I look at him and I think he can be at this club for the rest of his career, winning lots of trophies and that’s what I hope he does.”
Interviews with Garry and John to follow on CorkCityFC.ie.