Cork City will release red jersey to boost income during Coronavirus shutdown

Cork City will release red jersey to boost income during Coronavirus shutdown
Daire O'Connor of Cork City in action against Lee Grace of Shamrock Rovers. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

THE suspension of the SSE Airtricity League season won’t have any effect on the three players that Cork City have currently signed on loan.

Defenders Joseph Olowu (Arsenal), Joe Redmond (Birmingham City) and Kyron Stabana (Wimbledon) are all with City on loan until the summer and their situations remain unchanged – apart from the fact that the club may play fewer games than hoped while they remain here.

Cork City's Joseph Olowu shows his delight at the final whistle against Finn Harps. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Cork City's Joseph Olowu shows his delight at the final whistle against Finn Harps. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

City chairman Declan Carey has confirmed that the players will remain with the club as part of the original loan agreements. 

Each deal is individualised in terms of how much City contribute to the players’ wages and, while such information is confidential, these remain unaffected by the delay to the season, enforced by the proliferation of Covid-19.

“Things will proceed as normal,” Carey says, “we have loan agreements with those players up until the summer transfer window.

“Those players are unique in the sense that they have relationships with their parent clubs and we have relationships with those clubs, too. They’re still registered players with Cork City for the foreseeable future.

“By them staying here, it’s not as if they’re missing out on playing time back home, either. All of the leagues over there have stopped as well, so there’s no real change to the scenario.”

City are not training at the moment, with players such as the loan trio as well as Englishmen Reyon Dillon and Henry Ochieng and Brussels native Liam Bossin having returned home, where they will operate on training programmes given to them by the club.

City had been due to play Bohemians at Turner’s Cross last Friday and were due to host Sligo Rovers on March 27, with both postponed as a result of the blanket postponement of footballing activity until March 29.

With income taking a hit as a result of the lack of gate receipts, City are looking to alternative forms of revenue generation.

The new red change kit, worn at Shamrock Rovers, will go on sale early this week, while the club are to offer a reduced-value season ticket for the remainder of the campaign’s home games and other initiatives are also in the pipeline.

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