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Coup for Cork as former Man United youth joins from Derry

Conor McCormack has departed the Candystripes to join John Caulfield’s FAI Cup holders.

Conor McCormack previously played with Derry City.
Conor McCormack previously played with Derry City.

FAI CUP HOLDERS Cork City have announced the capture of Conor McCormack from Derry City.

The midfielder-cum-right-back, who was a regular starter throughout the Candystripes’s 2016 season, brings plenty of European experience to John Caulfield’s squad, having participated in Shamrock Rovers’ 2011 Uefa Europa League adventure.

Speaking to the club’s website, the former Manchester United youth cited the palpable ambition at Turner’s Cross as the deciding factor in his decision to transfer.

“I had a couple of offers on the table but when I met with John, I liked the feeling I had,” McCormack said. ”I talked to players who are already here and they told me that it’s a great club, a club that’s going places. We’ll definitely be up there challenging (for the league) next year and hopefully we can win it.

I want to play well myself next season but it’s always about the team and I’m a team player. I want to win the league next year, the Cup as well and have a good run in Europe. You get to play against the top players from across the leagues in Europe, in top stadiums and with massive crowds and that’s where any footballer wants to be.”

Caulfield hailed the 26-year-old’s energy, key to a side fighting on multiple fronts: “I’m delighted to get Conor on board. He’s a very experienced lad. We’re getting a player in the prime of his career — he’s the right age, he’s energetic, he can pass the ball and he creates things. Great work ethic, great attitude, and a player that will mould in very well into the set up here.

For us, it’s about moving forward and making sure that we’re better next year than this year, and that’s what we’re aiming to do. We have 50 competitive matches that we’re hoping to play next season between Europe, the league and the cup competitions so you need a very strong squad.

“And you need personnel that if someone is injured, suspended or has a drop in form are equally as good. The strength of your bench determines how good your team is. By bringing in players such as Conor, players that can go straight into your first team, it shows we are progressing. Players now want to come to Cork City and see us as a top club in Ireland.”

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McCormack’s signature follows hot on the heels of the dual capture of fellow midfielder Jimmy Keohane and striker Achille Campion from Sligo Rovers, as Caulfield moves early to strengthen his squad ahead of the 2017 season’s 24 February start-date.

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