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Cork City bolster squad with the signing of Bray forward Coughlan

The 22-year-old was released by the cash-strapped Seagulls last week.

Coughlan and manager John Caulfield.
Coughlan and manager John Caulfield.

CORK CITY HAVE announced the arrival of Ronan Coughlan.

The 22-year-old forward has signed a deal with the current SSE Airtricity League Premier Division champions until the end of the 2019 campaign.

Coughlan, who has four league goals for Bray Wanderers this season, was one of several players released by the Wicklow club in the past week due to their financial problems.

He’s been training with the Leesiders and will provide back-up to Graham Cummins and Josh O’Hanlon.

The former Huddersfield Town attacker could now make his debut in a friendly with Premier League side Burnley at Turner’s Cross this Friday.

“I’m delighted to be here and can’t wait to get started on Friday in the friendly versus Burnley,” Coughlan said. “I’ve trained the last few days and now I’m really looking forward to it.

Training has definitely been a different level, obviously at Bray we only trained twice a week, so the boys here are obviously a lot fitter. I am just going to keep my head down and work hard and hopefully get a chance.

“After training I’ve been doing extra running and hopefully I will get a few minutes on Friday against Burnley and then I can kick on from there.”

Manager John Caulfield added:“Ronan is a young player who has just come back from Huddersfield. He played plenty of games with Bray this season, so he is used to our league. He has good ball control, is a great finisher and can hold up the play well.

“He will come into our squad and give us a different dimension to Graham Cummins and Josh O’Hanlon. He was released by Bray last week and has been in training with us the last number of days. It is a good fit for us. Obviously with a few players going out, it came within our budget, so we are very happy with that.

The important thing is that he is here to stay for 18 months and he is hoping to prove himself. It is a great opportunity and we are looking forward to Friday night against Burnley, where he will start, and our fans will get an opportunity to look at him.

“Ronan is a different type of player [to Graham & Josh], he can play in a number of positions, he can play up top and he can play in the hole. Ronan is very skilful and a really good finisher. We are hoping he will give the other lads a bit of competition up front and have an impact on the last 3 months of the season.”

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