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City swoop for Preston's Howard

Wednesday, 21st February, 2018 4:42pm

A brilliant opening week in the Airtricity League for Cork City FC was further boosted on Tuesday with the confirmation that the club has signed Michael Howard on loan from Preston North End.

The 18 year old has joined the club until the end of June, pending receipt of international clearance.

Cork City scored a late winner to beat St Patrick's Athletic 3-2 in Dublin last Friday. After early goals from Barry McNamee and Graham Cummins, the latter was controversially red carded after 27 minutes. City conceded two goals, but Kieran Sadlier grabbed a late winner to take all three points.

Speaking to, striker Michael Howard said: “When I was first told that Cork City were interested, I was kind of shocked, but I couldn’t wait to get on the flight. I think it is a great opportunity for me.”

There are a number of former City players at Deepdale and Howard said they had encouraged him to make the move. “They all said it is a decent level to play at and they wished me the best. Since I went up to the first team, I was quite close to Daryl Horgan and I speak to him quite a bit, and he said that it was a good bunch of lads and to enjoy it. His brother Colm is here as well too, which also helps me settle in.

“I want to make my mark and make a name for myself over here if I can. As a young player, I want to make an impression at Cork City and, obviously, to Preston as well for when I go back there.”

On Howard’s arrival, City boss John Caulfield said: “Michael is very highly rated by Preston and we have spoken to them in the last few days about him coming in. He is very quick and a good finisher, he can play at centre forward and on the wing, so we are very happy to bring him in until the break.

“He is still only 18 but we have watched him, and he has huge potential, so I think he will be an exciting player. He will certainly figure in games during the first half of the season and he comes straight into the squad for Friday’s game,” he said. City will be looking to make it two out of two in their first home game of the Airtricity League. Newly promoted Waterford meet City at Turner's Cross on Friday with kick-off at 7.45pm.

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