Cork City FC are delighted to announce that Ronan Hurley has signed his first professional contract with the club.
The full back made his league debut away to Shamrock Rovers last month, and the former City Under 19 captain told CorkCityFC.ie:
“Ever since I joined Cork City Under 17s, my aim was to step up and make the breakthrough into the first team, so I am delighted to do that. Hopefully, this is just the start and I can push on from here.”
“I would like to thank John for giving me the opportunity, and getting some game time recently has made me determined to get more and push on. The physicality and speed of the game at first team level is a lot tougher; you have to be on your toes a lot more.”
“My main target next season is to play as many games as I can. Playing games is the best way to learn and you learn from your mistakes as well, so I want to improve my game, learn more in training every day and get as much game time as possible.”
City boss John Caulfield welcomed the news, saying:
“I think our supporters have seen Ronan play in three league matches towards the end of the season, and he did very well. He was the captain of our Under 19 side and we see huge potential in him for the future. He has pace, he is good on the ball and has a great attitude. He has to develop physically, and we know, in the off season, that we need to work with him on that, but he is another young player coming through that we have high hopes for.”
“You have to have a core of local lads in your squad, and it is a proud day for Bunratty United in Schull to see him coming through and get the opportunity to be a professional player. Over the last number of years, we have had players from all over the county coming to us at academy level, and we need to continue to do that.”