Cork City FC are delighted to announce that Under 19 player Josh Honohan has signed his first professional contract with the club.
The central defender joined the club’s Under 17 side in 2018 from Carrigaline United, progressing into the Under 19 set-up this season, and he has now become the latest player to come through the club’s academy and sign a professional deal.
Speaking to CorkCityFC.ie, Honohan said: “It’s a great honour to sign a professional contract, especially here, which is the right place for me to develop and improve. I have been in training with the first team recently and I have settled in well, the lads have been very good to me. There is a step-up in terms of intensity, but there is no better place to develop. A lot of players have come from the academy teams into the first team squad, so it shows that you can get the chance to get into the first team.”
“I would like to thank everyone at Carrigaline United who helped me earlier in my career. Noel Connolly was my coach there for three or four years, and he was the one who moved me back into defence from central midfield, where I used to play. Carrigaline was where it all began for me, and it is a great club, so I would like to thank them for everything.”
Cork City’s Head of Academy Colin Healy welcomed the news, saying: “As a club, we are always very happy and proud when academy players make the step-up to the first team. There is a clear pathway there from the academy to the first team, with Josh joining several other former academy players in the first team squad, so it shows that the opportunities are there.”
Head Coach John Cotter, also gave his thoughts on the matter, commenting: “It is great to promote a player from the academy. Josh joins a long list of players in the squad who have come through the ranks, so that shows that the pathway is there for players. Josh is a great lad and has shown his potential; we believe he has a big future ahead of him.”
“Seán McLoughlin obviously moved to Hull recently, having come through the academy here. It is important to promote from within; Josh is one of our own, a local lad and we are delighted to see this happen. He worked with Liam Kearney and Brendan O’Sullivan in the 17s, before going into the 19s with Colin Healy. He is a player we have earmarked for the first team squad a while, so we are pleased to get it done.”
“We have a lot of local lads who have come through the academy in the first team squad now. They are getting excellent coaching at academy level, and they bring a freshness to the squad when they come in, and I know the supporters love seeing young players come through the ranks.”
“I am always willing to give young players an opportunity. Ronan Hurley has come into the team recently and played well, while Conor McCarthy was given the captain’s armband on Sunday because he deserved it. All these young lads have to keep working hard and, when the opportunity comes, hopefully they can take it.”