Cork City FC are delighted to announce that Under 19 striker Cian Murphy has signed his first professional contract with the club.
The Tipperary native joined the club at Under 17 level in July 2015 and has progressed through to the Under 19s. This season he has also been involved in the first team squad, most recently making a substitute appearance in Monday’s Cork Airport friendly fixture against Portsmouth.
Speaking to CorkCityFC.ie, the striker said: “I am just absolutely delighted to sign my first professional contract, especially with Cork City, the biggest club in the country. First team level is a lot faster than Under 19 level, but hopefully I can keep improving and get used to that level.”
“I started out at my local club, Vee Rovers, and then moved on to St. Michael’s. I would like to thank everyone at View Rovers for what they did for me, and everyone at St. Michael’s, where Johnny Cremins and Seamie O’Halloran were big influences on me.”
“I am fully focussed on coming in to train full time with the first team at Cork City and continuing to play with the Under 19s, while also trying to compete for a place in the first team squad.”
City boss John Caulfield welcomed the news, saying: “It is a fantastic opportunity for Cian. We are delighted with this development, as is he. He has obviously come through our underage teams, playing with the 19s this year under Colin Healy and Colin has done a lot of work with him. We see massive potential in him, but it is now he needs to keep working hard to make that step up over the next twelve to twenty-four months.”
“We love seeing young players come through, so we are all delighted. He has a great attitude, he’s a good finisher and he has pace, but men’s football is a different challenge and one we hope he will meet. It is great for Cian, we are looking forward to seeing more of him, so hopefully he will be one for the future.”