Cork City FC are delighted to announce that Kevin O’Connor has signed a new contract with the club.
The defender made 28 league appearances for the club in 2016 and was also a key player as City advanced to the Third Qualifying Round of the Europa League, scoring the winner against BK Hacken. Speaking to CorkCityFC.ie, O’Connor said “It’s good to be back; I just wanted to get everything sorted and I am looking forward to next season. I think we can kick on from what we did last season and hopefully go one step further in the league this year.”
“There was a huge team spirit in the dressing room last year and hopefully we can build on that. John has obviously made a few new signings, but the bulk of the team will be here again next year, which is good because I think we had a great squad here.”
“I think you have to improve every year. You want to get better every game and the ultimate aim is to be the best you can be. I was happy with how last year went, but I won’t be settling for that, I want to go even further this year.”
City boss John Caulfield gave his reaction to the news, saying: “It’s fantastic, we are really delighted. The squad is nearly complete now, and Kevin is another part of that jigsaw. We all know how good he is, he came in two years ago, and was very good and he was phenomenal last year. We are looking for him to drive on again next year and be even better.”
“He was part of the cup winning team, he saw the celebrations and he saw what a huge role he had for us this year. It is important for us to retain our top players, which we have done, and Kevin is another one of those.”
“We have our back five from last season signed up again and Kevin was the final cog in that. He is a talented young player and he is hungry for success, and that is why it was vital for us to keep him.”
“We are nearly done now; we have eighteen players done and we also have a few of our 19s to come in. We will bring in possibly one or two more. I am not surprised that players have signed back- the players can see what a fantastic club this is, how well we did last year and there is a lot of hunger in this team. We want to win trophies and, after playing in Europe, they can see the platform this club is at, the facilities we have and the whole make-up of the club. Everything at the club is set up for a professional player and geared for more success, and that is what we want.”