Due to a persistent knee injury, Zara Foley has made the difficult decision to step away from football.
Zara had surgery earlier this year and worked tirelessly to get back playing, however the injury was recurring and didn’t enable her to reach full capacity.
With the full support of the club, she visited specialists in both Cork and London and, having taken their advice on board, has bravely made the hardest decision of all.
She will be a massive loss on the pitch and has put her heart and soul into playing for Cork City FC
Zara made 63 appearances for City, scoring 1 goal. She has also represented Ireland at Under 17, Under 19 and Senior level, obtaining a full Irish cap against Poland in October 2018 at just 16 years old.
She was also a member of the Cork City team that played in the FAI Women’s Cup Final in 2020.
Speaking this morning, Zara said: “I just want to thank everyone who has supported me over the last few years but especially these last few months. My time at City has been a truly unforgettable experience. I want to wish everyone associated with the club the very best for the future.”
City boss Danny Murphy said: “I’m gutted for Zara, as she still had so much to give to the game. Myself and the girls were hoping for her to be back, we all know how much of a loss she has been this season. She has been brilliant for me and the staff since we came in and her advice and leadership is the best I’ve had the pleasure of coaching. She was appointed as club captain this pre-season and I’m sad that she didn’t get to lead the team in that role”
“We have asked Zara to stay on and become a member of our coaching staff, her passion and application to the game will help our younger players to get where she had been and that we felt she could reach again, a full Ireland international”
Zara, who informed her team mates of her decision at training last night, has the full support of the entire club, staff and players at this time.