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Former Ireland international rejoins Cork City in new coaching role

Colin Healy enjoyed two spells at Cork City as a player, making over 150 appearances.

Healy retired in April but has returned to the club in an underage coaching role.
Healy retired in April but has returned to the club in an underage coaching role.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

FORMER IRELAND INTERNATIONAL and Cork City stalwart Colin Healy has rejoined the club as part of its underage coaching set-up.

Healy enjoyed two spells at the club, from 2007 to 2009 and again from 2013 to 2017, making over 150 appearances and winning two FAI Cups, a Setanta Sports Cup and the President’s Cup.

The 37-year-old made his final appearance for City during November’s Cup triumph over Dundalk in the Aviva Stadium.

Born in Cork, Healy played youth football with Ballincollig and Wilton United before signing for Scottish champions Celtic in 1998.

The player would earn 13 appearances for Ireland during a career which included spells at Coventry, Livingston, Barnsley and most notably Sunderland, where he made 20 appearances despite twice breaking his leg.

Commenting on his return to Cork City, Healy said he was looking forward to helping the club reach new levels of success at youth level.

“I am very pleased to be involved and looking forward to it,” he said speaking to the club’s website.

“I have spoken to John and the other coaching staff and I hope that I can help with what the club is looking to achieve. We all want to work with our young players to give them the best possible opportunity to play at the highest level.”

City boss John Caulfield managed the player from 2013 until his retirement in April.

Caulfield said he had been in contact with Healy in the intervening months and admitted he was glad the player had come on board with the club once more.

John Caulfield celebrates with Colin Healy City manager John Caulfield alongside Healy after November's FAI Cup final win. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

“Colin was immense for us as a player since I took over as manager, and was a crucial player for us right up to the cup final win in November,” the manager said.

“I have been speaking to him over the last number of months about getting involved, and I am delighted that he is now on board.

“We want to have the best coaches and the best people involved in our underage set-up, to help us to bring more players through to the first team, and having people of Colin’s calibre can only help us in that regard.

“We want to bring our underage players to a higher level and set the right standards for them, to show them what is needed to get to the top.

“We want our underage set-up to be the best in country and we feel we have improved over the last couple of years, and Colin’s addition is a further sign of that progression.”

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