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John Caulfield adds French striker to Cork City squad for next season

Achille Campion is the second new arrival at Turner’s Cross in a week.

Campion joins from Sligo Rovers.
Campion joins from Sligo Rovers.
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FAI CUP WINNERS Cork City have announced the signing of French striker Achille Campion from Sligo Rovers.

The 26-year-old scored four goals in 11 appearances for the Bit O’Red last season and will head south to Turner’s Cross for the 2017 campaign.

Campion becomes the second player to leave Sligo for Cork in the space of a week after Jimmy Keohane completed his move last Friday.

“The level is good and I’ve been especially impressed by Cork City,” Campion said.

“I thought they were a tough team to play against so I’m glad I’ve joined. (When I played at Turner’s Cross), there was a great atmosphere and that’s what you’re looking for as a player – for a club with a great fan base.

“I know the ambition of the club is to win titles. I know the ambition of the manager is to win titles, so I’m here to win titles. I come humbly too. The club has good players so I will come and play my part.”

The forward joined Sligo Rovers last August after spells with Port Vale and Torquay United in England.

Achille Campion with Sean Hoare Campion in action for Sligo against St Pat's last season. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Campion played his youth football with USL Dunkerque in his native France before moving to America where he combined study and football with Belhaven University and then the University of California.

He arrives at Turner’s Cross to bolster John Caulfield’s attacking resources as Cork look to bring in reinforcements to challenge Dundalk for the title next season.

“Sligo signed Achille in July and he made a big impact,” the Cork manager said.

“He’s a big, strong centre forward; he’s very good in the air and has very good close control. At 26, he’s in the prime of his career and he’s done very well at a number of clubs. I’m delighted to have him down here because he can make a big impact for us.”

While there have been two recent arrivals on Leeside, Caulfield confirmed the departure of Gavan Holahan who has left the club.

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