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O'Connor move news imminent

Thursday, 15th June, 2017 9:28am

An update on Kevin O’Connor’s speculated move to Preston North End is expected this week.

Manager John Caulfield confirmed that Cork City have received outside interest for the defender, with the club looking at the best possible deal for 20 year old O’Connor.

It is expected he will follow in the footsteps of teammate Seanie Maguire, who confirmed earlier this month he had signed with the Championship side.

Meanwhile, Caulfield also confirmed that Ryan Delaney’s injury, which he sustained in the Munster Senior Cup Final win over Wilton United on Monday, is not as bad as first feared.

An x-ray on Delaney’s ankle confirmed that the defender suffered severe bruising but that there was no bone or ligament damage. Delaney is expected to be back in action next week but will be assessed ahead of Friday’s game against Limerick.

Caulfield said that the club expected to have confirmation on Delaney’s contract situation before this weekend, with City currently working to extend the Burton Albion player’s loan period, set to end on 30 June.

Delaney has enjoyed an excellent loan spell so far this year. City have conceded just eight goals, while Delaney has been working hard at the other end of the pitch also, scoring five goals.

The League returns on Friday after a two-week mid-season break, with City in action against Limerick following their 3-0 win over Dundalk two weeks ago; which was followed by their 4-2 win over Wilton this week.

The Cup Final went to extra-time after it was tied at 2-2 at the end of normal time but goals from O’Connor, Garry Buckley, Achille Campion and Alec Byrne were enough to see off plucky Wilton side who gave an excellent performance over the course of the game.

Elsewhere, midfielder Gearoid Morrissey has taken up a new coaching role with his former club Ringmahon Rangers. The club have confirmed that Aidan Foley is to take charge of the Premier Division side, following the departure of Kieran O’Reilly, with Morrissey a member of Foley’s backroom team for the coming season.

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