Johnny joined Cork City shortly prior to the 2012 season, and was one of the club’s top performers during their first year back in the top flight.
Dunleavy joined English side Wolverhampton Wanderers as a teenager, but was released by the club in 2011 after injury cut short a loan spell at Barnet after just three appearances. John then returned to Ireland in 2012 with City, after a trial with MLS outfit Vancouver Whitecaps.
Capped at underage level by the Republic of Ireland, including two caps at Under 21 level, Dunleavy can operate anywhere across the back four as well as in the centre of midfield.
Following his appointment as manager, John Caulfield announced the appointment of the Donegal native as club captain ahead of the 2014 season. Discussing the appointment, the City boss said: “He is a fantastic leader, he has a great attitude and he has a presence about him. Even though he is young, he has an air of authority about him; he is a very good talker and a good organiser.”
“He reminds me of Declan Daly when I was playing. He has similar qualities and I think he will be a great captain for us.”
Dunleavy himself commented: “It is a massive honour and a real privilege for me. I’ve really enjoyed my time at the club. A lot of fantastic players have captained this club in the past, and I hope to carry on that tradition.
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