CORK City have been dealt another blow in the offseason with the news powerhouse midfielder Conor McCormack won't be extending his contract.
A native of Louth, the tough-tackling dynamo was a crucial part of the side that stopped Dundalk's dominance in 2018 and secured a double.
The 29-year-old has offers from other clubs and with City boss Neale Fenn forced to cut costs for next season the club weren't able to offer him an attractive deal.
The Leesiders are going with a youth policy as the likes of Beineon O'Brien Whitmarsh, David Harrington and Cian Bargary, from the underage ranks, Charlie Fleming, from Cobh Ramblers, and Rob Slevin, via Waterford, have signed on lately.
Veteran Gearóid Morrissey is staying at Turner's Cross but Dan Casey, arguably City's best defender across a torrid campaign, returned to Bohemians, following a wave of defections.
"It’s been an absolute pleasure and a privilege to wear the Cork City jersey week in week out the last 3 years," McCormack wrote on Twitter.
"To everyone involved at the club I want to wish them all the very best in the future and thank them for all the hard work they put in behind the scenes. To all the players I’ve played with thanks for all the amazing memories.
"Most importantly a big thank you to the incredible fans for your support through the years. I’ll never forget the nights we had the Cross rocking you’s made me feel right at home from day 1."
McCormack previously played for Derry, Shamrock Rovers, and St Patrick's Athletic but arrived in 2017 and ended up captaining the side a year later.
He struggled a bit for form this year, as John Caulfield was replaced by John Cotter and then Neale Fenn at the helm.
Fenn said: “Conor has been a great servant to the club, winning trophies and leading the club into massive games and the supporters really took to him while he was here. We thank him massively for all that he’s done for the club.”