Cork City won't step foot on the field until current concerns are addressed

Cork City won't step foot on the field until current concerns are addressed
Turner's Cross full to capacity for a friendly with Roy Keane's Sunderland. When will we see Cork City back on their home turf? Picture: Brian Lougheed

CORK City chairman Declan Carey has reiterated his stance that the club are seeking guarantees regarding public safety and financial considerations in terms of the SSE Airtricity League of Ireland returning.

Since Monday, elite sports teams are allowed to train in groups of up to 15 and there is hope that on-field action can return sooner rather than later, with the FAI expected to make an announcement later in the week.

Carey welcomes the progress but is keen to make sure that any outstanding issues are dealt with.

“We continue to work closely with the FAI and all other League of Ireland clubs on the possibility of the league resuming,” he said.

“In fairness, a lot of progress has been made in the last number of weeks by all parties involved. That being said, we want to ensure the safety of our players, staff and supporters as well as ensuring the financial state of the club is kept healthy.

“We won't step foot on the field of play unless those concerns are addressed and we have viable solutions.” 

Lu Kellett, Advanced Medical Services, conducts a Covid-19 swab test on Shamrock Rovers player Jack Byrne. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Lu Kellett, Advanced Medical Services, conducts a Covid-19 swab test on Shamrock Rovers player Jack Byrne. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

City began the current campaign with a number of loan players in their squad and Carey is optimistic that arrangements can be made with their parent clubs if and when the league restarts.

“We're in regular communication with our loanees’ clubs,” he said.

“Hopefully, we can work something out but there's still a lot to figure out with regards the season resuming, transfer windows and how all of that will impact the standard footballing calendar.”

And, while there is no football, the club remains active in a commercial sense.

“We're continuing to try and find the right partner for the naming rights on Turner's Cross,” Carey said.

“That's one of our key commercial activities right now. Our merchandise department is doing very well and helps keep things ticking along as of right now. The support has been fantastic and we're hoping to launch a new summer range soon.”

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