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Ireland U21 international completes loan move back to England from Cork City

Danny Kane has made a temporary switch to AFC Fylde in the fifth tier of English football.

Cork City's Danny Kane tackles John Mountney of Dundalk during their Premier Division game in April.
Cork City's Danny Kane tackles John Mountney of Dundalk during their Premier Division game in April.
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CORK CITY HAVE allowed versatile defender Danny Kane to join English National League side AFC Fylde on loan

Kane could make his debut in tomorrow’s season opener against Bromley, where he’s likely to encounter former City team-mate Tobi Adebayo-Rowling.

“I’ve struggled to get a lot of game-time at Cork City so as soon as I heard Fylde were interested it was an easy decision,” said Kane, who will stay with the Lancashire club until 14 January, 2019.

“I keep my eye on English football and have always been aware of the ambition the club has. Hopefully I can add to that and help them have a great season.”

A 21-year-old native of Dublin, Kane — who can play in a central defensive role or in either full-back position — joined City ahead of the 2018 season after spending four-and-a-half years at Huddersfield Town.

Despite featuring in all of the Republic of Ireland U21 side’s games in their ongoing qualification campaign for next year’s European Championship, Kane has been unable to nail down a regular place in John Caulfield’s team.

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After making just nine appearances for the Leesiders this season, he’ll now aim to play a prominent role for AFC Fylde, who reached the play-offs in England’s fifth tier last season.

“Danny has done well since signing for us,” said Caulfield. “Having come out of underage football, this was his first taste of senior football. He hasn’t played quite as much as he would have liked, so he is really keen to get some game-time and continue his development.

“When this opportunity came about, both the club and Danny felt that it was an ideal move for him to go and play, so we are all pleased that this is the right opportunity for him. He will go over there to play until January, which will bring him up to the start of the new season here.”

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