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Former Cork City player Sean Maguire, now of Preston. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Former Cork City player Sean Maguire, now of Preston. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
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Cork City still in the hunt for a new striker

CORK CITY assistant manager John Cotter said that the club’s search for a new centre-forward was a priority, but it was important they get the right man and a player, who will buy into their blueprint for continued success.

Several names have been bandied about including Bristol City’s Rory Gaffney and St Johnstone’s Graham Cummins, but Cotter ruled both out at Tuesday night’s official launch of the Cork City amputee team at the Cork International Hotel at Cork airport.

“We have Karl Sheppard signed back for next season and that’s good news and young Josh O’Hanlon has come in from St Pat’s and he’s a lad with a bit to prove, but he has the right attitude to kick on and we have big hopes for him," Cotter said.

“It’s no secret that we are looking to add another striker to our squad if we can but it’s not just about signing a new player, we need the right player with the right attitude and mentality to buy into our work ethic.

“We will look cross-channel as well and we will explore every avenue but we have until the end of next month to get the right man. 

"We have to be patient and not rush things but it is a great opportunity for someone like Josh (O’Hanlon) to make an impression just like Seanie Maguire did when he came back from West Ham.

“Josh has been over with Bournemouth and he played for Longford Town too. 

"He’s got the quality and ability to make a go of it that’s for sure. 

"He has already ticked a lot of the boxes we were looking at and we are looking forward to working with him in pre-season,” added Cotter, who confirmed that Alan Smith, John Kavanagh and club skipper Johnny Dunleavy are all retained for another 12 months.