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One of the League of Ireland's most promising youngsters has committed to Cork

After a frustrating spell out injured, John Kavanagh has signed a new contract with the Leesiders.

John Kavanagh (file pic).
John Kavanagh (file pic).
Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

CORK CITY HAVE announced that promising young defender John Kavanagh has signed a new contract with the club.

The 22-year-old is considered one of Irish football’s best young prospects, though he has had a difficult period of late, with injury problems severely restricting his game time last season.

Speaking following the news, Kavanagh expressed his excitement about the new deal.

I am delighted to get it sorted and I am really looking forward to it now,” he said. “It’s great to be back training and it was great to get two games in before the end of last season; it really gave me a taste of it again.

“The cup final win was great and the celebrations that followed were amazing. I think we deserved it for the last couple of years. On a personal level, it was tough sitting out a second cup final in two years, but that’s sport and, hopefully, if we get there this year I’ll be available.

It will be difficult but I have done a lot of work with Kevin Tattan over the off-season and I feel good. I am coming in now on a level playing field with the rest of the players, something I didn’t have in the last two years. I just want to do a good pre-season and play as many games as I can.”

City boss John Caulfield also reacted to the news, praising the player’s determination to get back from a long-term injury: “It’s great for Kav; another young player who has come through the ranks here. He was flying a couple of years ago until he had a very serious injury, but he has come back and he played the last two league games last year. He has come back to pre-season in great shape and he is like a new signing for us.

“The breakthrough from the underage system is a big step, but Kav is one of the guys who has done that and done really well. He has had a setback with injury but he is a strong character and he has a great attitude; a lot of fellas would have fallen away in the circumstances, but he has come back and he is really looking forward to this season.”

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