RIGHT - Conor McCarthy completed his move from Cork City FC to St Mirren this week. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Changes continue at City

With just over five weeks to go until the new season, Cork City FC have seen both departures and arrivals to the club in the past week.

On Tuesday, the club confirmed that star centre back Conor McCarthy would be joining Scottish side St Mirren. Having joined City at underage level in 2014 from Blarney United, McCarthy made his first team debut in 2016. The central defender went on to make over 50 appearances in the last two seasons.

Speaking about his departure from the club, McCarthy said: “I have loved my time at Cork City FC. Since I joined from my schoolboy club, Blarney United, I have really enjoyed representing my hometown team, and it was a particular honour to be captain last season. Now is the time for me to move on to the next stage of my career, but I would like to thank everyone I have worked with during my time at Cork City and wish the club the very best of luck for 2020 and beyond,” he said.

McCarthy will be put through his paces at his new club. After gaining promotion to the Scottish Premiership in 2018, the club is currently tenth of twelve teams in the league table and just one point off the relegation zone.

City boss Neale Fenn offered his thoughts on the move, commenting: “Conor has been with the club for a number of years now, but the chance has arisen for him to move on and it was a move he was keen to make. He has been an excellent player for the club, and he leaves with our thanks and very best wishes for the future.”

Meanwhile the club recently announced the signing of Conor Davis from Derry City and Cory Galvin, who spent the last 18 months at Waterford.

Davis, who joined Reading in 2014, returned to Ireland in 2018 signing for UCD and playing a key role in the side that reached the semi-final of the FAI Cup in the same season. He left the Dublin side in July, heading to the Brandywell until the end of the season.

Speaking after arriving on Leeside, the 21 year old said: “I’m very grateful to Neale and his staff for giving me this opportunity to play for such a prestigious club in Cork City and I hope to repay him and the fans with lots of goals throughout the season.

“I had a stop-start few months at Derry and I felt it was best for me to move on and have a clean slate and what better place to do that at this moment than Cork City who are in a similar process of starting fresh. I think this is a great chance for me to kick on in my career and I can’t wait to pull on the green jersey for the first time.”

Galvin said he was looking forward to getting stuck in at his new club: “Obviously, I’m delighted to be here. Being a Corkman, naturally I’m a Cork City supporter, so I’m proud to have signed for the club. I know a few of the lads, so I’m looking forward to the start of pre-season, getting a feel for the squad and how Neale wants us to play and getting ready for the 2020 season.”