ARGUABLY one of the biggest bits of business by Cobh Ramblers in the off season has been secured by retaining the services of David Hurley for the 2020 League Of Ireland First Division campaign.
The 21 year old midfielder has been a key member of the Ramblers side over recent years, including in the team that made it to the 2018 EA Sports Cup final.
Hurley, who was crowned as the Cobh Ramblers player of the season for 2019, is happy to be back with Ramblers for another campaign and is setting the bar high for what Cobh can target in 2020.
"Im delighted to be back at St Colman’s Park for another season.
"There’s a strong squad being put together and I’m confident that we can be right up at the top half of the table, pushing for the play-offs and challenging come the end of the season.” Hurley initially joined the Cobh U19 side from Ringmahon Rangers in 2016, having also spent time at Tramore Athletic and Avondale as a schoolboy.
He quickly impressed under Davin O’Neill, Damien Rowe and the Cobh Ramblers underage coaching staff that season, winning the first of two U19 Player of the Year Awards.
Hurley made his first team debut in 2017 away to Athlone Town and has since gone on to make a total of 62 first team appearances.
A UCC student, Hurley has been capped for the Irish Colleges & Universities side, while also representing UCC in the Third Level Football leagues.
Hurley also has had a productive off season, winning a Cork GAA U21 football Championship winners medal with St Michael’s.
Meanwhile, Ramblers have also announced that attacker Cian Leonard has also signed back up with the St Colman’s Park club for the 2020 season.
This will be Leonard’s fourth campaign at Ramblers, having joined from the Cork City underage system in 2017.
“I’m delighted to sign back again. There’s a positive buzz around the place at the moment and it feels good to meet up with the rest of the lads.
"It’s Stu’s(Stuart Ashton) first full season and everyone is backing each-other.
“Looking ahead to the new season, we should be up competing with the best in the division.
"Last year was disappointing for us as players and for the club on that front.
"We’re looking to set that straight this season and push back into the top half, competing for promotion.
"We showed last year that we can go head-to-head with the top teams, we just need to introduce a bit of consistency into our game.
"That’s where we fell down last season and if we can improve on that then we are more than capable of a high finish.”