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Boost for Cork City as Delaney extends his stay with league leaders

The Burton Albion defender’s loan spell will now run until the end of the current SSE Airtricity League season.

Delaney in action at Turner's Cross.
Delaney in action at Turner's Cross.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

CORK CITY HAVE received a timely boost with news that Ryan Delaney’s loan deal has been extended.

The 20-year-old defender joined on a six-month contract back in January but, after talks with parent club Burton Albion, he will now remain with the Leesiders until the end of the 2017 campaign.

Named SSE Airtricity League/SWAI Player of the Month for May just this week, the Wexford native has been excellent at the back for John Caulfield’s unbeaten side, who hold an 18-point lead at the top of the table after conceding just nine goals so far.

With captain John Dunleavy expected to miss the rest of the season through injury and Kevin O’Connor expected to join Sean Maguire at Preston North End, keeping Delaney looks a great bit of business.

“We are delighted to have extended Ryan’s loan until the end of the season,” said Caulfield.

“He came in under the radar before the start of the season and he settled in very quickly, having an immediate impact. He has gone from strength to strength and has become a vital cog in our team, as we can see from the clean sheets we have kept.”

“As well as being a key part of our back five, he has also scored important goals for us and everyone can see that he is developing into a tremendous player.

“To keep him to the end of the season, with our position in the league and Europe coming up, is fantastic news for us. Also, with the disappointing news about Johnny Dunleavy’s injury in mind, it was very important for us to keep Ryan and I am very pleased that we have agreed this deal.”

I would like to thank Burton Albion, and Nigel Clough in particular, who have been fantastic to deal with, and I hope it is a relationship that we can build on, because Burton are a really good club to deal with.

“The fact that Ryan came to the club as a player unknown to many people and has just won the Soccer Writer’s Player of the Month award shows how well he has done, and we expect him to kick on now in the second half of the season and have an even bigger impact.”

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