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Boost for Cork City as another key player commits to the club for 2018

Garry Buckley has played over 130 games for the Leesiders.

Buckley scored six goals in the league for Cork City in 2017.
Buckley scored six goals in the league for Cork City in 2017.

CORK CITY HAVE received another boost with the news that Garry Buckley has committed to the club for the 2018 season.

The midfielder has played over 130 games for the Leesiders since making his debut in 2012, scoring six goals for the club in the league this season, while he also grabbed a vital opener away to Levadia Tallinn in the Europa League.

“It was a no brainer for me, especially after winning the double,” Buckley told CorkCityFC.ie. ”There’s no better place to be than Cork City; every player wants to play for Cork City and nobody wants to leave. John is bringing in players who are in their prime and are hungry. We won’t rest on our laurels, we want to push on again next year.”

“I’ve 12 European appearances but this will be my first time playing in the Champions League, so I am really looking forward to it, but the bread and butter is the league.

“Hopefully, we can do well in Europe, but we want to retain the trophies we have won this year. Our main focus has to be on retaining the league; we retained the cup this year, which no Cork City team had ever done, and now we want retain the league.”

City boss John Caulfield added: “Obviously, Garry is one of our own lads, who has come through the ranks at the club. He has been in the team every week since we took over and, I think, last year, we could all see his consistency was really high. He is at the stage of his career now where he is in his prime and it is great news that he is here for another two years.”

“We need him to kick on now and be an influential player for us, because he has a massive role to play for this team. To win trophies, you need players to be consistent and guys like Garry are at the perfect age to do that. He gets a lot of goals for us and can play in numerous positions, so he gives us versatility as well. The main thing though is that last year was his best season so far, and we need him to kick on again for the next couple of years.”

Buckley joins a number of other important players in extending their stay at Turner’s Cross, including Mark McNulty, Karl Sheppard and Alan Bennett, while the club have also brought in a number of new faces since securing the double earlier this month.

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